||When is referral required |
|Board of Architects (BOA) Singapore
|Subject to the provisions of the Architects Act, no person shall use verbally or otherwise the word "architect" or any of its derivatives in connection with his business designation, or any other words, name or designation that will lead to the belief that the person is an architect unless the person is a registered architect.
71111 (Architectural services)
|Council for Estate Agencies (CEA)
|Proposed activities involving “Real Estate Agent” or "Real Estate Agency", and applications for change of name by entities already carrying on real estate agency activities.
68201 (Real estate agencies and valuation services)
68209 (Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis nec.)
|International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore)
|Names and activities involving “Physical Rubber”, ”Commodity futures” e.g. "Rubber trading", "Commodity brokers", "Commodity Futures Exchange", "Commodity / Commodities Exchange", "Futures brokers", "Commodity Futures", "Clearing Exchange / House / House Exchange".
66124 (Commodity and futures brokers and dealers)
|Majlis Ugama Islam of Singapore (MUIS)
|Proposed names and activities containing or involving "Islam", "Muslim", "Halal" and their derivatives. |
|Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)
(Defence Technology and Resource Office)
|Proposed names containing "Military" or "Defence". |
|Ministry of Education (MOE) (Private Schools Section)
|Establishments functioning as a "school" / "learning centre" / "education centre" / "training centre", excluding those offering instruction of a "non-academic" nature, e.g. beauty care, dressmaking, cooking, sports, games, driving, recreation-related, etc.
Names containing "Academy", "College", "Institute", “Institution", "University"; and "National", "Singapore", will normally be disallowed.
85211 (Secondary schools)
85212 (Junior colleges and centralised pre-university institutes)
85213 (International and foreign system schools - secondary)
85214 (Schools for the handicapped and educationally sub-normal - secondary)
85221 (Technical and vocational education)
85223 (Specialised trade schools)
85303 (Teachers' training institutes)
85304 (Commercial schools offering higher education programmes)
85494 (Academic tutoring services)
|Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(ASEAN National Secretariat, Singapore)
|Proposed names containing "Association of Southeast Asian Nations" or "ASEAN".
More info on the conditions governing the use of the name "ASEAN" (
PDF file attached)
Please ensure that your application includes information describing how these conditions are satisfied.
Ministry of Law
(Legal Services Regulatory Authority)
Applications which contain the following will be referred to the Legal Services Regulatory Authority (“LSRA”) :
(a) SSIC code: 69100 (Legal Activities); and/or
(b) Law-related words or acronyms such as “Law”, “Legal”, “Counsel”, “Chamber”, “Advocate”, “Solicitor”, “Law Corporation”, or “LLC”.
If it is intended that the proposed business will be a law practice, the applicant will need to apply to the LSRA for a law practice licence via
LSRA e-Services, and obtain in-principle approval before registering the business with ACRA. For more information, please refer to the following links:
For more information on the LSRA, please refer to the Ministry of Law’s
|Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
|Proposed names containing the following words:
Applications to register entities whose activities come under the Banking Act (Cap 19), the Finance Companies Act (Cap 108), and the Monetary Authority of Singapore Act (Cap 186). This would include entities which conduct banking business, merchant banking, or finance company business, or carry on the business of issuing credit cards or charge cards in Singapore.
- "Bank" and its derivatives; (Examples of derivatives of word "Bank" would include "banking", "banque", "banco", "Bancaire”, “Banca” and “Banche”)
- "Finance Company" and "Finance";
- "Futures Exchange", "Clearing House" and "Securities Exchange" or titles that resemble these titles or give the impression that the applicant is a securities or futures exchange or clearing house; (Examples of titles, which resemble "Futures Exchange", "Clearing House" and "Securities Exchange", would include "stock exchange", and "clearing corporation" and "clearing organisation")
SSIC Codes: 6412, 6413, 6414, 6415, 64922, 64992
MAS will consider the applications and will, if necessary, liaise directly with the applicants on any information MAS may need concerning the applicants and their proposed business.
The following applications need not be referred to MAS. However, if the applicant intends to engage in any activities that require licensing, registration, or approval by MAS, the requisite license, registration or approval shall be obtained from MAS. The approval of the registration of the entity by ACRA shall not be construed as a reflection on the entity’s suitability to be licensed, registered or approval by MAS.
(A) If proposed names contain the words :
"Futures", "Futures Broker", "Futures Trading Adviser", "Futures Pool Operator", "Securities", "Stockbroker", "Fund manager", "Fund management", "Asset management", "Venture management", "Insurance" or names which resemble these titles; "Financial", "Financing", "Financial Adviser", "Insurance Broker", "Reinsurance Broker", "Assurance", "Reinsurance", "Reassurance", "Insure", "Insuring", "Insuritz".
Applications to register entities whose operations come under the Securities and Futures Act (Cap 289) and the Financial Advisers Act (Cap 110).This would include entities, which engage in the trading of securities or futures contracts, fund management activities, or the provision of financial advisory services.
Applications to register entities whose activities include money-changing and remittance businesses. SSIC Codes: 64993, 64994
Applications to register entities whose operations come under the Insurance Act (Chap 142). This would include entities which conduct insurance/reinsurance business; insurance broker (life & general); any insurance related businesses including insurance adjusters and surveyors acting as insurance agents. SSIC Codes: 6511, 6512, 6520, 6530, 6622, 6629
|Singapore Police Force
|Activities relating to arms, explosives, ammunition.
20299 (Manufacture of other chemical products nec.)
25200 (Manufacture and repair of weapons and ammunition, e.g. ordance and accessories)
|Singapore Tourism Board (STB)
Usage of the Merlion symbol or name is controlled by STB. Entities wishing to use the Merlion symbol or name may enquire with STB through
Entities wishing to carry out the business of a travel agent should apply for a licence through