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  • RIBA Domestic Building Contract


    The RIBA Domestic Building Contract provides a simple and clearly laid out contract between the Customer (client) and the Contractor. It is suitable for all types of non-commercial work, such as work done to the Customer’s own home including renovations, extensions, maintenance and new buildings.

    The Contract is administered by an Architect or Contract Administrator where the Customer may appoint the Architect/Contract Administrator using the RIBA Domestic Project Agreement. In limited circumstances an experienced Customer may act as the Contract Administrator.

    Key benefits:


    - Written in plain English that is simple to understand

    - Guidance notes to help complete the contract

    - Provides an effective way of managing payments to the contractor

    - Gives you control over the timely completion of the project

    - Provisions for collaborating with the contractor over events that may delay completion or add costs to the project

    Other features:


    - Allows different payment options to cover all parties’ needs

    - Allows a named supplier or sub-contractor of your choice

    - Allows the contractor to design parts of the building project

    - Provides greater control over your building project by allowing completion in sections

    - Provides a straightforward method for dealing with changes to the project within specified timescales

    - Comprehensive insurance provisions offer peace of mind

    - Provides a process for certifying the completion of the building project and for managing any defects identified after completion

  • RIBA Concise Building Contract


    The RIBA Concise Building Contract provides a simple yet fully comprehensive contract between an Employer (the person or organisation that wants the construction project) and the Contractor. It is suitable for all types of simple commercial building work. It is not suitable for non-commercial and domestic projects.

    The Contract is administrated by the Architect or Contract Administrator. The Employer may appoint the Architect/Contract Administrator using the RIBA Concise Agreement.

    Key benefits:


    - Written in plain English that is succinct and easy to understand

    - Fair and equitable terms for all parties

    - Facilitates good management of the project from start to completion

    - Allows effective collaboration between the employer and contractor

    - Gives control over the timely completion of the building project

    - Allows the contractor to design parts of the building project

    Other features:


    - Includes provisions to collaborate with the Contractor over events that may delay completion or add costs to the project

    - Provides greater control over the project by allowing completion in sections

    - Allows the employer to specify the supplier or sub-contractor of their choice

    - Provides a straightforward method for dealing with changes to the project within specified timescales

    - Provides comprehensive insurance provisions to cover the liabilities of both parties

    - Provides a process for certifying the completion of a project and for managing any defects identified after completion

    - Provides the flexibility to cover different modes of payment suitable for the commercial sector

    - Provides a means to test and reject any defective work

    - Provides a collateral warranty clause to secure the rights of funders and future purchasers or tenants

    - Allows the parties to set out rules to govern applications for revision of time and/or extra payments

    - Suitable for public sector employers with optional public sector clauses

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Domestic Contract cover

RIBA Domestic Building Contract

For non-commercial construction projects, renovations, extensions, maintenance and new buildings.

From £26.67 excluding VAT

Domestic Contract cover

RIBA Domestic Building Contract

For non-commercial construction projects, renovations, extensions, maintenance and new buildings.

From £26.67 excluding VAT

Concise Contract cover

RIBA Concise Building Contract

A fully comprehensive solution for straightforward commercial building work.

From £37.50 excluding VAT

Concise Contract cover

RIBA Concise Building Contract

A fully comprehensive solution for straightforward commercial building work.

From £37.50 excluding VAT

RIBA Contract Administration Forms

The RIBA Contract Administration Forms provide the simplest and most consistent way to administer the RIBA Building Contracts.

Clearly set out and easy-to-use, the Contract Administration Forms are freely downloadable letting you complete forms as and when needed for your contract. Select the form appropriate to your contract and task, click to download and complete as required. The forms can also be printed and then completed by hand, if preferred.

The following forms are available for free:

For use with RIBA Domestic Building Contract 2014

  • Architect/Contract Administrator’s Instruction
  • Notification of Defects Fixing
  • Final Payment Certificate
  • Interim Payment Certificate
  • Notice of Revision of Time
  • Certificate of Practical Completion or Section Completion

For use with RIBA Concise Building Contract 2014

  • Architect/Contract Administrator’s Instruction
  • Notification of Defects Fixing
  • Final Payment Certificate
  • Interim Payment Certificate
  • Notice of Revision of Time
  • Certificate of Practical Completion or Section Completion

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