According to the Singapore Telecommunications Act, all qualified contractors must obtain information on the location of telecommunication cabling and consult the telecommunication system licensee prior to carrying out earthworks. This is to prevent damage to existing telecommunication cabling.

All applications for Notification for Commencement of Earthworks(NCE) have to be submitted online. Developers / Contractors are required to register an account with NetLink Trust. To apply for NCE please click here

*Please note that all correspondence of any application will be directed back to the applicant

Processing Time:

Monday to Friday:

  • 9.00am – 12.00noon
  • 2.00pm – 3.30pm

We strongly encourage all applicants to follow the Processing Time strictly. Requests outside of the stipulated schedule may not be entertained.

For further enquiries, please contact:

  • Ms Cynthia Ho
  • Tel: (65) 6718 2826
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • A sketch showing your proposed site plan together with the proposed trial holes and earthwork positions relative to NetLink Trust’s plant route.
  • Your project work schedule.
  • The cable Detection Drawing from your Telecommunication Cable Detection Worker (TCDW).

The contractor can commence work upon receipt of the NCE permit letter.

The contractor needs to fill up the request form for NetLink Trust’s Plant Route Plans. Please also state the location on a clear location map and highlight the affected area.

You will receive a quotation issued by NetLink Trust via email once the plan is ready for collection.

Notice for Commencement of Earthworks is chargeable at $321.00 (inclusive of GST) per application.


The Plant Route Plan is chargeable at $42.80 (inclusive of GST) per copy. The number of copies required would depend on the affected area. A large affected area may require more than one copy.