Private schools shall update through LicenceOne for its relocation or expansion. Please note that the application should be made by an existing member of the private school's Committee of Management. Before doing the online application, please ensure that the following steps are carried out:
- read the information on this webpage thoroughly
- prepare the supporting documents
- complete the renovation and furnishing works are to be completed before application through LicenceOne
Premises and Facilities
Applicants are advised to exercise care when selecting and deciding on the premises to relocate/expand the school before entering into any firm commitment to purchase/lease/rent it. Things to look out for include prospects of the premises being granted the Written Permission for ‘Change of Use’ by the planning authorities (URA); that any alteration/renovation works planned are likely to be approved/cleared by the relevant authorities (e.g. FSSD etc).
Private schools ought to have an acceptable and reasonable size, and in addition to having classroom(s), it should have a space for an office/administration area/reception-cum-waiting area for students/clients, etc.
Written Permission for ‘Change-of-Use’
Applicants are to apply for the Written Permission for ‘Change-of-Use’ of the premises to ‘school’ use at the:
Fire Safety & Shelter Department (FSSD)
With regard to alteration/renovation works to the proposed premises, applicants are to:
submit building floor plans for alteration/renovation works to the FSSD (commercial buildings/complexes/HDB buildings).
Note: With effect from 1 October 2005, applicants carrying out renovation works done in a HDB premise are required to seek fire safety clearance from the Fire Safety & Shelter Department (FSSD) directly.
- submit clearance obtained from FSSD (Fire Safety Certificate & Notice of Approval) for the alteration/renovation works carried out to MOE officers during site inspection.
Private school operators are to read thoroughly the Step-by-Step Guide for application to update on the school’s relocation or expansion online (Guide is correct as at 3 August 2015):
Please select “Amend Existing License – Ministry of Education – Relocation or Expansion of Private School” when seeking application via LicenceOne.
Please prepare the following supporting documents prior to logging online:
- A1 size approved Floor Plan by the Fire Safety & Shelter Department (FSSD)
- Fire Safety Certificate
- Grant of Written Permission (URA)/HDB’s Tenancy Agreement
- Original Certificate of Registration of School and Classroom Accommodation Certificates (for relocation)
If you have misplaced/lost the original Certificate of Registration of School, please provide us with a Statutory Declaration (SD) on the lost document. You may obtain the SD from a Commissioner of Oaths.
All hardcopy supporting documents are to be mailed to:
Private Schools Section,
Ministry of Education
1 North Buona Vista Drive,
Please indicate your school name, online application ID, date of submission and specify “School Relocation or Expansion”.
A complete application with all the necessary documents will be processed within 2 weeks. Incomplete or incorrect submissions will result in a delay of processing time.
Upon approval of the application in LicenceOne and the successful completion of all necessary administrative procedures (including payment of registration fees to LicenceOne), the relevant certificate(s) will be issued by MOE. Payment of registration fee to LicenceOne should be made within the grace period of 90 days upon approval. After 90 days, if no payment is received, your application will be deemed withdrawn voluntarily by you. You will then need to re-apply.
For technical assistance in LicenceOne, you may email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can call 6774 1430 from 8am-8pm on Mondays to Fridays and 8am-2pm on Saturdays.