Landed House Design Series – Terrace Houses

According to statistics published by the Singapore Department of Statistics in 2017, 5.2% of all residential properties in Singapore are landed houses. In land-scarce Singapore, landed homes have long been perceived as a status symbol.

For families who live in landed properties and would like to maximize their lifestyle, this is the first installation of our Landed Houses Design Series, which focuses on Terrace Houses and the URA planning parameters affecting its design.

We will discuss the other commonly found landed property types in Singapore, such as the semi-detached houses and detached houses, in subsequent articles.

Land Size

There are 2 types of terrace houses in Singapore:

Terrace Houses Type 1

  • Minimum plot size of 150m2, for intermediate units
  • Minimum plot size of 200m2, for corner units

Terrace Houses Type 2

  • Minimum plot size of 80m2, for both intermediate and corner units

The width of a terrace plot may vary but they are not less than 6m wide for the intermediate units and 8m for corner units.

Land Use

The URA Master Plan, which is reviewed every 5 years, sets out the permissible land use and density of the development of land and property in Singapore. Land owners can refer to the Landed Housing Areas Plan, to find out the land use of their property.

Broadly speaking, this plan informs you on the allowable storey height of the terrace house.

Areas highlighted in red are zoned as landed houses, under the URA Landed Housing Areas Plan
Areas highlighted in red are zoned as landed houses, under the URA Landed Housing Areas Plan


Height Control

For terrace houses which are designed to undergo new erection or reconstruction, they will be subject to the new Envelop Control Guidelines for landed houses, introduced by URA in 2015.

For 2-storey and 3-storey terrace houses, they have an overall height of 12m and 15.5m respectively.

In the case of a 3-storey terrace house, if you would like to maximize the built-in floor area, you can choose to have 3 storeys and an attic, within the 15.5m envelope, stipulated by URA.

3-storey landed house with attic



2-storey landed house with attic


Depending on your construction budget and spatial requirements, there are many other design variations within the envelop control possible.

URA DC. Connect: Guiding principles for Envelope Control guidelines describing 3 storey landed houses


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Building Setback

For terrace houses type 1, the building setback is 2m for the side and rear, while the front setback is dependent on the category of road it is fronting.

In order to find out the category of road, you can interpret LTA’s (Land Transport Authority) Road Line Plan.

URA Residential Handbook: Building Setback for terrace houses type 1


For terrace houses type 2, the building setback is 2m for all sides.

URA Residential Handbook: Building Setback for terrace houses type 2


Besides the typical planning parameters, setback requirements can also be subject to the encroachment of other elements on the site. In many cases, there are minor sewers present at the rear of the landed house. Depending on the depth and size of the minor sewer, further setbacks may be required. Alternatively, concrete trenches can also be constructed.


The planning parameters discussed above are to provide for a broad based understanding of the planning parameters. We understand that every site is unique and every Client’s requirements are different.

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