SMC offers a suite of alternative dispute resolution services including mediation, adjudication, Neutral Evaluation, and resolving disputes involving Internet domain names (Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy Service), families (Collaborative Family Practice) and infrastructure projects (Singapore Infrastructure Dispute-Management Protocol).
What is adjudication?
The adjudication regime that SMC administers is governed by the prevailing Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (“Act”), Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Regulations (“Regulations”) and SMC Adjudication Rules.
The prevailing legislation can be found here.
Common questions relating to adjudication
Benefits of adjudication
Process is governed by Singapore legislation
The administration of adjudication application proceedings is governed by the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act and Regulations.
The Act is designed to provide a quick and low-cost resolution of payment disputes over construction-related work done or goods and services supplied through an adjudicatory process.
How do I lodge an adjudication application?
Parties should consider getting legal advice before filing an Adjudication Application.
A Party must complete the applicable prescribed form and ensure that it complies with the prevailing Act and Regulations.
A Claimant can either:
- submit two (2) signed copies of the Adjudication Application Form, two (2) sets of the accompanying documents and payment by hand.
- submit by email to email@example.com under the prevailing Supplementary Rules for Electronic Adjudication Lodgment.
SMC does not accept lodgement by fax or post.
All lodgments shall be made during SMC’s opening hours as follows:
Monday to Friday
(excluding Public Holidays):
9.00am to 4.30pm Eve of Christmas/New Year/ Chinese New Year: 9.00am to 12.00pm
SMC is the Authorised Nominating Body which administers adjudication applications under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act. As a neutral administrator, SMC is unable to assist or advise parties pertaining to the process, completion of forms and/or accompanying documents, or possible outcomes of the adjudication. Should parties require assistance or clarification in relation to these matters, you are encouraged to seek independent legal advice. You may wish to view the participating law firms with adjudication expertise or visit The Law Society of Singapore.
Payment for the Adjudication Application Fee and the deposit for the Adjudicator Fee (“Fees”)
A Claimant can either make payment via:
- A cheque of a law firm or cashier’s order (if the deposit is more than S$5,000) and made out to: “Singapore Mediation Centre” if they are submitting the Adjudication Application by hand.
- A telegraphic transfer to SMC, as per the details here.
Building And Construction Industry Security Of Payment Act Covid-19 Protocol
- This protocol relates to deposits for claimed amounts between S$200,000 to S$700,000 and takes effect on 1 November 2021 till further notice.
- A copy of this circular can be downloaded here.