Singapore River One (SRO) is a private sector-led partnership charged with the day-to-day management, maintenance, enhancement and marketing of the Singapore River. SRO is a legally-established not-for-profit company focusing on leveraging public and private investments, increasing footfall, and enhancing property values within the Singapore River precinct.
The Singapore River precinct is an attractive location to set up a business due to its position at the heart of the country. These resources are provided to guide individuals on the setting-up and management of businesses within the precinct, including which agencies to approach, as well as SRO and our partners’ services.
All information stated in the website is correct at time of publishing and subject to change. Users are encouraged to do their due diligence and check with the relevant agencies. This page was last updated in January 2024.
Starting a business in Singapore River
Establishing a business in Singapore River comes with a unique set of requirements.
There are a number of licenses, approval and checklists from various government agencies.
Requirements from Government Agencies
- Building Construction Authority (BCA)
- Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
- Land Transport Authority (LTA)
- Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
- National Environment Agency (NEA)
- National Parks (NParks)
- Public Utility Board (PUB)
- Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)
- Singapore Land Authority (SLA)
- Singapore Police Force (SPF)
- Singapore Tourism Board (STB)
- Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
Boat Quay ORA Requirements
- Business Operators in Boat Quay waterfront
- A member of Singapore River One
If you are interested in the ORAs, please download and submit the forms to
For all enquries about Boat Quay Outdoor Refreshment Areas, please contact
Boat Quay Membership Package
As the master licensor of Boat Quay ORAs, SRO aims to bring in new services to our tenants and market Boat Quay as the prime waterfront dining destination. A membership fee will be charged to tenants who rent out the ORAs and this is a compulsory fee.
Our services include and are not limited to:
|Maintaining and repairing the ORA structures at such intervals and in such manner as the Licensor considers appropriate
|Maintaining and repairing the furniture located in, and the infrastructure of, the open public areas along the Boat Quay promenade at such intervals and in such manner as the Licensor considers appropriate
Providing or procuring the provision of the following:
Providing the following membership benefits:
*Please contact us for more information.
Boat Quay Services
All business operators whom are interested in the ORAs or are users of it will have to submit an Industrial All Risk Insurance to SRO.
SRO has also communicated with insurance agency KWG to bring all Boat Quay stakeholders a rate of $500 per annum.
SRO has engaged a pest control services for the ORAs along Boat Quay. If you do require pest control services do contact email@example.com for more information.
Upgrading to Piped Gas:
SRO has taken further efforts as the place manager to enhance the costs minimization of new or current business operators along Singapore River. In collaboration with City Energy, SRO’s stakeholders are offered a safer and more reliable source of gas. City Energy provides free conversion for interested stakeholders who are not yet on piped gas. This way, the shophouse backlanes will be freed up for a safer and neater environment for all. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.