a. For operators who choose to pivot to F&B operations from now till 30 September 2021, URA will allow them to revert to their original activity^, provided such uses are permitted to operate under the prevailing COVID-19 regulations, and that the premises are not located in selected exclusion areas* where this temporary conversion does not apply.
* Orchard Towers, Riverside Piazza, Kampong Bahru Road and Boat Quay Conservation Area
^Operators are to ensure that the premise has valid approvals/licences for the last approved use before reverting to their former nightlife operations.
b. Operators are to contact SNBA for an eligibility check prior to applying for the temporary conversion.
c. For operators located in selected exclusion areas who wish to pivot to F&B operations, they will have to make a direct Change of Use application for a more permanent conversion to permitted activities to both URA & SFA via the GoBusiness Portal to obtain the respective land use approval and licence*.
*Should these group of operators wish to revert to original activity after successful conversion, they are required to make new applications with URA & SFA to obtain approval and licence to operate as a nightlife establishment subject to prevailing COVID-19 regulations and guidelines, and site context at that point of time.
a. Operators must apply for a new SFA Foodshop licence* under Restaurant/Snack Counter and will not be allowed to amend their existing SFA Foodshop licences. Operators will not be able to hold both SFA Foodshop licence under PBND and that under Restaurant/Snack Counter concurrently.
*A S$195 licensing fee will be incurred for the application of a new SFA Foodshop licence.
b. Requirements for SFA Foodshop Licence (Restaurant/Snack Counter)
Operators should also note to adhere to SFA's guidelines of a restaurant/snack counter.
a. For operators who wish to pivot to other commercial uses, they should submit their Change of Use application directly to URA through the GoBusiness Portal. Refer to the 'Considerations for Property Use' on URA's website to learn more about the different uses and guidelines.
Operators should also reach out to the following agencies to obtain the necessary licences and comply with the prevailing SMMs of the respective sector:
- Movie screening: IMDA (Film Exhibition Licence)
- Amusement centre, LAN or computer gaming centre, billiard saloon, paintball games centre, axe-throwing centre: SPF (Public Entertainment Licence)
b. For approved plans to change to commercial uses other than F&B establishments, subsequent reversions to the original use would depend on the prevailing guidelines and site context at that point in time.
a. Operators who wish to convert to F&B operations may apply to Enterprise Singapore (ESG) through SNBA at email@example.com for a grant of up to S$50,000 to defray qualifying costs incurred during the pivoting process such as costs related to refurbishment works, purchase of kitchen & service equipment and business consultancy*.
The proposal template & step-by-step guide will be provided by SNBA for reference.
*For operators who wish to pivot to other permissible businesses besides F&B, applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
b. Applications for the grant are open from now till 30 September 2021. All applications should be submitted to ESG by 30 September 2021.
c. Eligibility Criteria for Pivot Grant Support:
*Company with SSIC 56130 (Pubs/Bars), 93203 (Nightclubs, Discotheques, Dance Clubs and or company with SFA Foodshop licence under PBND. Applicants not belonging to this group will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Note that pivot grant support is provided on a per entity/UEN basis. Applicants with multiple outlets per entity/UEN will not be eligible for additional support.
d. Supportable Cost Items under Pivot Grant:
1. Renovation & Fit out costs
2. Hardware/Software costs
3. Third-Party Consultancy costs
*For more details on examples of supportable items, please contact SNBA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
e. To encourage companies to hasten the pivot process, it is recommended that the project period (i.e. the maximum amount of time companies have to complete their renovation, purchasing of equipment & any consultancy for pivoting) will be capped at 3 months. E.g. if start date is indicated as 1 Dec 2020, project must be completed by 1 Mar 2021.
*Note that companies which have taken the pivot grant support, will not be eligible for the exit grant support.