Markets & Hawker Centres
Hawker centres are a unique aspect of Singaporean culture they bring together the best in local food and atmosphere in an enjoyable open-air setting. The centres are located all over the island, many in the heartlands. These time-tested institutions have served as important places for community bonding.
NEA currently manages and regulates 107 markets and hawker centres in Singapore. Its role includes the management of tenancies, licences and public health aspects of the centres. NEA also oversees the upgrading of markets and hawker centres.
Please click here for more information on NEA's hawkers policy.
Please click here for a guide to articles of sale.
Interested to be a stallholder in hawker centres?
Every month, vacant hawker stalls are offered for rent to the general public under the tender scheme.
Our monthly tender exercise is held from the 13th to 26th of each month. Details of the tender will be published in the Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Berita Harian and Tamil Murasu, on the 13th of every month.
In addition, the information and the stalls available will also be posted on our website and displayed on the notice board at our NEA Customer Service Centre (Toa Payoh).
Interested parties may submit their bids at our NEA Customer Service Centre (Toa Payoh), HDB Hub, East Wing #26-01, 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310480 before the respective closing date. Please note that the submission of tender bids and applications will cease at 10am on the closing date.
Following the Government’s announcement at Budget Debate 2012, there have been changes made to existing hawker tenancy policies. This will apply to both current and new hawker centres, in the areas of subletting, stall assignment and stall allocation. Check out the infographics below for a quick summary.
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From 1 April 2012 onwards, the minimum reserve rent requirement for tendering of vacant stalls has been removed. The new tender system and the new lease terms (no sub-letting and no assignment of stalls) will apply to all new stalls and stalls returned to NEA for re-tender.
For existing hawkers, all current arrangements and existing lease terms will continue to be honoured until their leases expire or if the hawker chooses to terminate the lease prematurely. Revisions in rental will only be made when leases are up for renewal, and these will continue to be based on professional valuations. NEA engages an independent private professional valuer to assess the market rent of a stall so that current tenants can continue business without interruption. If the assessed rent is not accepted by the incumbent, the stall will be put up for tender.
Existing hawkers may also participate in the upcoming tender exercises. There are no penalties imposed for early termination of tenancies so that a tenant always has a choice of moving to a new tenancy on new lease terms. NEA will honour the existing terms of the current tenancies until the expiry of the contract or termination by the tenant, whichever comes first. However, hawkers who successfully bid for a new stall must do so under the new lease terms which disallow sub-letting and stall assignment.