Is it illegal to install CCTV outside my HDB flat?

If you want to install a CCTV outside your HDB flat, you will need to follow these steps:

Obtain a police report

You will need to obtain a police report to justify the need for a CCTV camera outside your HDB flat. You can file a report at any police station in Singapore or do it online through the Singapore Police Force’s e-services portal.

Get approval from HDB

Once you have your police report, you will need to submit an application to the Housing and Development Board (HDB) for approval to install the CCTV camera. You can do this online through the HDB’s e-services portal.

Choose an approved CCTV installer

You will need to engage a CCTV Company who is approved by the SPF.

Install the CCTV camera

Once you have received approval from the HDB, you can proceed with installing the CCTV camera outside your HDB flat. Make sure that the installation is done by an approved CCTV installer and that it complies with all relevant regulations and guidelines.

Home owners who wish to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in their flats must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • CCTV should not face the door or windows of another flat, which would cause privacy concerns for neighbours.
  • CCTV must not be installed at areas where it can be potentially become killer litter, eg. on the building facade.
  • Smart doorbells and smart door viewers, installed in the homes are allowed.

Approval from HDB is not required if the device is installed within the flat. However, home owners who wish to install CCTV cameras or CCTV-like devices outside of their flat (i.e. common corridor), should approach the Town Council managing their area for advice.