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Ultimate HDB Open Booking of Flats 2023 Guide_ All You Need To Know

Ultimate HDB Open Booking of Flats 2023 Guide: All You Need To Know

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We’ve talked a lot about how to apply for an HDB BTO flat.

But what if you didn’t get your HDB BTO of choice because it was oversubscribed? And you couldn’t get what you wanted during the HDB Sale of Balance Flat exercise either?

Are you resigned to an HDB Resale flat or an Executive Condominium (EC)?

Source: SpongeBob SquarePants | Giphy

Fret not! You can still get an HDB BTO Flat through the Open Booking of Flat exercise.

Best of all? You can book a flat as early as the next working day!

Note: You can apply online starting 28 March 2023, Tuesday, 8 pm. Applicants will receive a queue number for flat booking on a first-come-first-served basis and can book a flat as early as the next working day. Applications will close on 29 March 2023, Wednesday, 7:59pm.

TL;DR: HDB Open Booking of Flats Mar 2023

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Flats in Non-Mature Towns or Estates Available for Open Booking

Town/ EstateFlat TypeFlat SupplyStarting Price FromBlockStreet NameLevelAvailable Ethnic Quota
Available Ethnic Quota
Available Ethnic Quota
(Indian & Other Races)
Bukit Batok5-room2$424,000470BBukit Batok West Avenue 5#02222
2-room Flexi (short lease)1$63,000471ABukit Batok West Avenue 5#07111
2-room Flexi (99-year lease)$110,000
4-room1$291,000471BBukit Batok West Avenue 5#02011
4-room2$291,000472ABukit Batok West Avenue 5#02 to #03122
4-room1$315,000472BBukit Batok West Avenue 5#04111
Choa Chu Kang4-room1$265,00011Teck Whye Lane#07111
Hougang4-room1$244,00015Hougang Avenue 3#14101
5-room1$415,000601Hougang Avenue 4#02111
5-room1$415,000624Hougang Avenue 8#02111
3-room (income ceiling $7,000)1$208,000642Hougang Avenue 8#04101
Woodlands5-room1$285,00035Marsiling Drive#02010
5-room1$300,000137Marsiling Road#03010
Executive1$530,000204Marsiling Drive#07010
5-room1$273,0005AMarsiling Drive#02010
Yishun4-room1$267,000475BYishun Street 44#02111

Flats in Mature Towns or Estates Available for Open Booking

Town/ EstateFlat TypeFlat SupplyStarting Price FromBlockStreet NameLevelAvailable Ethnic Quota
Available Ethnic Quota
Available Ethnic Quota
(Indian & Other Races)
Ang Mo Kio4-room2$307,000179Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5#02 to #03202
5-room1$580,000259Ang Mo Kio Avenue 2#19101
4-room1$379,000301Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3#08111
4-room1$379,000305Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1#15111
3-room (income ceiling $14,000)1$222,000471Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10#07111
4-room1$293,000472Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10#02101
3-room (income ceiling $14,000)1$227,000506Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8#04111
4-room2$312,000537Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5#04 to #11202
3-room (income ceiling $14,000)1$222,000538Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5#02111
4-room1$312,000612Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4#11101
5-room1$793,000246AAng Mo Kio Street 21#29101
2-room Flexi (short lease)2$151,000307CAng Mo Kio Avenue 1#08 to #19221
4-room1$502,000309AAng Mo Kio Street 31#08111
4-room1$520,000591AAng Mo Kio Street 51#02111
4-room1$550,000651BAng Mo Kio Avenue 9#10111
Bedok4-room1$256,00036Bedok South Avenue 2#05111
Bishan4-room1$374,000113Bishan Street 12#03101
4-room1$355,000145Bishan Street 11#07101
4-room1$326,000150Bishan Street 11#03101
4-room1$483,000264Bishan Street 24#07101
5-room1$675,000266Bishan Street 24#05100
3-room (income ceiling $14,000)1$314,000156BBishan Street 11#02101
4-room1$667,000532ABishan Street 14#19111
3-room (income ceiling $14,000)1$473,000535CBishan Street 13#29101
Bukit Merah2-room Flexi (short lease)1NA45Telok Blangah Drive#10101
2-room Flexi (balance lease)$166,000
2-room Flexi (short lease)1$150,00058Havelock Road#18101
3-room (income ceiling $14,000)1$260,000103Bukit Purmei Road#11101
4-room1$622,00078CTelok Blangah Drive#04111
2-room Flexi (short lease)2$126,00080BTelok Blangah Street 31#04 to #07202
3-room (income ceiling $14,000)1$386,00092ATelok Blangah Street 31#02101
2-room Flexi (short lease)1$140,00092BTelok Blangah Street 31#14101
Bukit Timah2-room Flexi (short lease)1$120,00021Toh Yi Drive#09101
Clementi5-room1$475,000338Clementi Avenue 2#02101
4-room1$328,000612Clementi West Street 1#03111
4-room1$298,000710Clementi West Street 2#02111
Geylang2-room Flexi (short lease)5$146,00095ACircuit Road#02 to #04505
2-room Flexi (99-year lease)$255,000
3-room (income ceiling $14,000)3$375,000#02313
2-room Flexi (short lease)10$111,00095BCircuit Road#02 to #1310110
2-room Flexi (99-year lease)$193,000
3-room (income ceiling $14,000)2$383,000#02 to #03212
4-room7$515,00095CCircuit Road#02 to #04717
4-room3$515,00097ACircuit Road#02313
4-room9$545,00097BCircuit Road#02919
4-room8$533,00099ACircuit Road#02 to #03818
4-room2$545,00099BCircuit Road#02212
Kallang Whampoa4-room4$535,000141AMcnair Road#02 to #03414
2-room Flexi (short lease)1$139,000141BMcnair Road#02111
2-room Flexi (short lease)7$118,000141CMcnair Road#02 to #16717
5-room1$635,0003CUpper Boon Keng Road#03101
Pasir RisExecutive1$620,000111Pasir Ris Street 11#01011
Executive1$550,000137Pasir Ris Street 11#02011
Queenstown4-room1$331,0008Holland Avenue#10101
2-room Flexi (short lease)1$167,00027Ghim Moh Link#15111
2-room Flexi (balance lease)$287,000
2-room Flexi (short lease)1NA89Commonwealth Drive#01101
2-room Flexi (balance lease)$132,000
2-room Flexi (short lease)1$180,00090Tanglin Halt Road#10101
2-room Flexi (short lease)1$177,00091Tanglin Halt Road#06101
3-room (income ceiling $14,000)1$174,000169Stirling Road#14101
4-room1$588,00028BDover Crescent#06101
2-room Flexi (short lease)1$163,00061AStrathmore Avenue#06100
2-room Flexi (short lease)2$163,00062BStrathmore Avenue#06 to #08201
Serangoon4-room1$350,000236Serangoon Avenue 3#03100
5-room1$532,000312Serangoon Avenue 2#02101
Tampines4-room1$328,000258Tampines Street 21#04011
4-room1$348,000277Tampines Street 22#06010
Toa Payoh4-room1$551,000119BAlkaff Crescent#02101
3-room (income ceiling $14,000)1$362,000216ABidadari Park Drive#03111
4-room4$538,000216BBidadari Park Drive#02404
4-room1$534,000226ABartley Walk#02111
4-room6$518,000226BBartley Walk#02616
4-room1$529,000227ABartley Walk#02101
5-room1$657,000227BBartley Walk#02101
4-room2$484,000268AToa Payoh East#05 to #16222
2-room Flexi (short lease)2$112,000270AToa Payoh East#09 to #14222
2-room Flexi (short lease)2$126,000402ALorong 1 Toa Payoh#05 to #35222
4-room1$527,00079EToa Payoh Central#02101

The Ethnic Quota Available quoted is based on the balance Ethnic Quota from previous exercises (read: some of these flats cannot be sold to buyers of certain ethnic groups).

Also, remember that the flats available are on a first-come, first-served basis. So decide fast and act quick!

Note: for the latest flat availability — once application commences — and the exact street names, please check HDB’s Open Booking of Flat listings!

What Is Open Booking of Flats?

If you’ve missed out on a successful application for a particular BTO project and subsequently the Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) exercise, the Open Booking of Flats exercise is an HDB Flat buyer’s final opportunity to get a unit in that elusive BTO project.

After all, the third time’s the charm, right?

First Try

You apply for a particular BTO project.

Unfortunately, it was oversubscribed and you didn’t get it.

Second Try

A couple of months later during the SBF exercise.

You realise that there are flats within the same BTO project you wanted, which are up for sale again. Now, you won’t have the whole range to choose from but you’ve got a pretty good pick.

You apply for the balance flats within the same BTO project.

But sadly… you didn’t get balloted. Or the ethnic quota is maxed out.

Third Try

After the SBF, HDB rounds up all of the remaining flats and pools them together with completed flats which were repossessed or sold back to HDB.

Finally, HDB puts them up for sale via the Open Booking of Flats.

Should I Apply For an Open Booking Flat?

If you’re really picky about the floor and unit, then Open Booking of Flats is NOT for you.

Because when it comes to the flats available, you can only choose whatever is left.

More often than not, your only choice is one unit in an entire block. Also, even if the flat you’re choosing is a completed unit, HDB does not allow any viewing of the flat in person.

But if you’re only concerned about getting a flat ASAP, then the Open Booking of Flats is perfect for you.

Also, the best thing about getting an Open Booking Flat is that unlike BTO launches (which only happen four times a year), you can apply anytime you want.

Just take note that you might be limited by the Ethnic Quota restrictions.

So… Since They Are “Left Over”, Are Open Booking Flats Cheaper?


You wish sia

Unlike your supermarket sushi which is reduced to half-price (or more) close to closing time. Open Booking Flats aren’t priced that way.

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Apply for Open Booking of Flats?

The HDB Open Booking of Flats process is really short and simple.

1) Check Your Eligibility

You wouldn’t order chicken rice from the Chicken Rice Uncle before checking if you’ve got enough money on you, right?

The same applies to an HDB flat.

If you’re already familiar with our Seedly BTO Guide, then you’ll be glad to know that the:

  • Eligibility criteria
  • Income ceilings
  • Housing schemes

which applies to BTOs also applies to HDB flats available for Open Booking.

2) Figure Out How You Want to Finance Your Flat Purchase

Since the HDB Open Booking of Flats is a really quick process.

You should obtain an HDB Loan Eligibility (HLE) letter or an Approval in Principle (AIP) loan letter from your bank in advance as you’ll need it for Registration and Selection.

So if you have a hard time deciding between using a bank loan or an HDB loan to pay for your new HDB flat…

You’ll want to figure that out NOW.

Before the online application opens.

Alternatively, you could ask the friendly SeedlyCommunity for advice!

3) Submit Your Application Online

Instead of going down personally to HDB Hub, you can apply online using your:

  • Mobile phone
  • Tablet
  • Computer

After submitting your application, you will receive:

  • Queue number
  • Selection appointment date and time to book a flat

Gentle reminder: this is given out on a first-come, first-served basis

Depending on when you submit your online application, this is when you can expect to book your flat:

If You Applied OnlineEarliest Time You Can Book A Flat...
After midnight and before noon
(Mon – Fri)
In the afternoon of the same day
After noon and before midnight
(Mon – Thu)
In the morning of the following day
After noon and before midnight
In the morning of the following Mon
Sat and SunIn the afternoon of the following Mon

You’ll notice that your booking appointment can be as early as the same day of your application.

For example, if you applied for an HDB flat on Wednesday morning at 10am…

Your booking appointment might be as early as 1pm on the same day.

Word of advice?

Make sure you apply leave (whispers: or geng MC) on application day!

4) Registration and Selection (aka Booking Your Flat)

There are a couple of things which you’ll need to bring along during this appointment:

  • Identity cards (if you’re in the SAF, SCDF or SPF, you’ll need to provide a certified true copy of your NRIC from your Personnel Department)
  • Passport for non-citizens
  • Doctor’s certification of pregnancy or birth certificates of your children (if you apply under Parenthood Priority Scheme)
  • Your birth certificate and your parents’ marriage certificate (if you’re buying the flat under the Multi Generation Priority Scheme or Married Child Priority Scheme)
  • Marriage certificate (if you’re married)
  • Divorce certificate (if you’re divorced)
  • Death certificate of your spouse (if your spouse is deceased)
  • Student Pass or Letter from School or College or Institute of Learning for persons who are >18 years
  • Income documents for assessment of income ceiling to buy or take CPF housing grant(s)

If you’re opting for an HDB loan, you’ll also need to submit your HLE letter at this point.

(See? That’s why you need to have it ready.)

Oh, to book your flat, you’ll also need to pay the option fee.

Flat TypeOption Fee Payable
2-room Flexi Flat$500
3-room Flat$1,000
4-/5-room/3Gen/Executive Flat$2,000

Which you can pay through:

  • Cash
  • Cashier’s order, or
  • Cheque

5) Sign the Agreement for Lease

The next HDB Appointment is when you’ll sign the Agreement for Lease.

You’ll need to bring the original copy of the following:

  • Identity cards
  • Receipt of booking fee
  • Bank passbook and photocopy of the page stating your name and bank account number
  • Approval in Principle of loan letter from bank or financial institution
  • Power of Attorney (if unable to attend the appointment personally)
  • Latest CPF statements

You’ll also need to make a downpayment for your flat:

  • 15% of your flat if you’re taking an HDB loan
  • 25% of your flat if you’re paying via a bank loan

as well as any other legal fees and stamp duties.

If you intend to use your CPF to pay for your flat, you’ll need to set-up the 2-Factor Authentication for your SingPass.

FYI: this registration takes up to 10 working days to be activated.


6) Collect Your Keys

If the flat you booked is already completed, you can collect your keys on the same day you sign the Agreement of Lease!

(Toldja it would be fast.)

If it’s not ready yet, you’ll just need to wait till it’s done.

To collect your keys, you’ll need the original copy of the following:

  • Identity cards
  • Certificate of Fire Insurance (different from Home Insurance)
  • Power of Attorney (if unable to attend the appointment personally)
  • Latest CPF statements
  • Completed GIRO form (if you’re paying monthly loan instalments partially or fully by cash)

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