SINGAPORE: From Wednesday, users of the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) online database will be able to retrieve records for free.
The URA has launched a new map-based application which allows anyone who wishes to buy or lease a property access to its records.
The new map-based application uses a technology called Geographic Information System.
Users only need to click on a building or type in an address to see decisions on any new building erection, or addition and alteration of structures, among others.
This was revealed by National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan in a blog post on Wednesday.
Previously, anyone who wants to know more about a property -- for example, the approved use and storey height of the building -- will have to manually sieve through the database.
The process can be quite cumbersome, Mr Khaw said, adding that last year, there were more than 20,000 searches.
In the past, users also had to pay a S$30 processing fee to download records.
Mr Khaw added that the URA will continue to tap technology to make information more accessible to the public, and it intends to do the same for enquiries on Development Charge rates, soon. - CNA/nd
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