Sale of Remnant Land
Some parcels of State land by virtue of their small size and/or irregular shape are not suitable for independent development. These parcels of State land are commonly referred to as remnant land.
Remnant land can add substantial value to adjoining private lands when amalgamated with the private lands. To optimise the use of these remnant lands, the Government encourages private landowners to purchase and amalgamate them with their private lands. The Government may in suitable cases also require developers/owners to do so.
Please refer to the FAQs for more details.
Purchasing of Remnant Land: How to Apply
Please refer to the Quick Guide
Q: Service Standard
For remnant State lands to be sold directly to only one party, you will receive a formal offer within 8 weeks from the date that SLA receives the application for straight forward cases.
For complicated cases which involves sale of roads and drainage reserves etc. or where a closed tender between adjoining owners is necessary, you will receive a formal offer within 20 weeks from the date SLA receives the application.
The sale of remnant land is subject to the concurrence of the relevant technical agencies.
Q: Fees Payable
The processing fee for application for purchase of remnant land is $1,000.
For successful applicants, besides the processing fees and premium, there are two categories of charges to be paid, namely statutory and administrative charges. These are:
- Statutory Charges:
- Stamp fees payable to Commissioner of Stamp Duties under the Stamp Duties Act,
- GST, where applicable,
- Survey fees.
- Administrative Charges:
- Cost of issuance of Certificate of Title - $70.
Q: Mode of Payment
The payment can either be made:
- Via CashCard, NETS and Credit/Debit card at our Customer Service Centre; or
- By way of a cheque made payable to "Commissioner of Lands, SLA".
Private land owners who wish to purchase remnant parcels of State land adjoining their properties can make an application to SLA.
Definition of Remnant Land
Remnant lands are small and/or irregularly-shaped plots of land which are not capable of independent development. Although there are limited uses for such lands due to their size and shape, they can add substantial value to adjoining private lands when amalgamated with the private lands.
2 Ways of Selling Remnant Land
To optimise the use of remnant lands, the Government encourages private landowners/developers to purchase and amalgamate them with their private lands. The Government may, in some cases, also require landowners/developers to do so.
There are two ways of selling remnant land :
- If the remnant State land adjoins only one property, it can be sold directly to the adjoining landowner;
- If the remnant State land adjoins several properties and more than one adjoining owner is interested to purchase the land, SLA will invite all interested owners to bid for the remnant land in a closed tender. The land will be awarded to the highest bidder whose bid is equal to or higher than the reserve price.
Tenure of Remnant Land
For remnant land, a Certificate of Ownership (Title) of similar tenure with the adjoining owner’s land can be given.
The premium payable for remnant State land is generally based on 50% of the full land value. This is determined by applying the factor of 5/7 to the applicable Development Charge (DC) rate (the premium computed on this basis will henceforth be referred to as "50% of the full land value computed based on the applicable DC rate".
The applicable DC rate at the date of Notice of Preliminary Terms and Conditions, offer, or closed tender (whichever is applicable) for sale of the remnant land will be used.
However, in certain cases where the remnant land adds synergistic value to the adjoining parcel, the premium payable may be determined using 50% of the enhancement in land value of the amalgamated site as assessed by Chief Valuer, and the premium payable in such instances could be higher than that calculated on the basis of 50% of the full land value computed based on the applicable DC rate.
The application to purchase remnant land must be made using the prescribed form. The processing fee is $1,000.
FAQs on Sale of Remnant Land