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    Feb 20, 2014

    Get free property info with URA app

    AN ONLINE application that enables anyone to search for details on a particular property for free has been launched.

    Announcing the application, named the Development Register (Planning Decisions), National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said yesterday that it would help simplify the process of searching for property data, as well as make the data more accessible to the public.

    Previously, members of the public had to search for information using the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA's) online database.

    The information can include the approved use and storey height of a building, whether it has received approval for major renovation works in the past, the approved use of the surrounding properties, and general planning decisions.

    However, this process "can be quite cumbersome", Mr Khaw said yesterday. It would also have cost about $30 to download the detailed records of properties.

    Last year, more than 20,000 searches were made.

    URA tapped Geographic Information System technology to make the new map-based application.

    This allows users to click on a building or type in an address to find a specific property. The site will show the relevant decisions on any new building erection, addition and alteration of structures, change of use, and land or building subdivision.

    Mr Khaw said URA will "continue to tap on technology to make information more accessible to the public".

    This will include using the same kind of technology for inquiries on development-charge rates.