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

For your HDB apartment to be justified in having a CCTV camera outside, you will need to have a police report. Reports can be submitted online via the Singapore Police Force’s e-services portal or at any police station in Singapore.

Get approval from HDB

After obtaining your police report, you must apply for permission to install the CCTV camera to the Housing and Development Board (HDB). This can be completed online using the HDB 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

You can place the CCTV camera outside your HDB apartment as soon as the HDB gives its consent. Verify that the installation conforms with all applicable laws and regulations and is carried out by a certified CCTV installer.

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.