Govt revises development charge rates

The government has revised the development charge (DC) rates, with the steepest increase in the commercial and industrial segments.

A development charge is a levy that is payable by the developer when a property site is developed into more valuable project.

In a statement, the National Development Ministry said DC rates for commercial segment will increase by an average of 24 per cent.

Areas seeing the highest increase of 39 per cent include Yishun, Sembawang, Woodlands, Choa Chu Kang and Jurong West.

DC rates for the industrial segment have risen in four sectors at between 14 and 26 per cent.

The most significant increase is in the Woodlands, Senoko, Sembawang, Yishun sectors at 26 per cent.

Meanwhile, DC rates in the Hotel & Hospital segment will go up by an average of 26 per cent.

DC rates for non-landed homes remain unchanged, after the one per cent increase in the last revision in August 2012.

However, the levy for landed homes will increase by an average of four per cent in some areas.

The latest increase of 15 per cent is seen mostly in areas located in the East.

These include Tanjong Katong, Joo Chiat, Telok Kurau, Upper East Coast, Siglap, Bedok and Marine Parade among others.

The revised DC rates will take effect from 1 March 2013, with the next review due in six months.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 28 Feb 2013

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