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Last edited 03 Oct 2018
In relation to the built environment, the term ‘condition’ may refer to the state of something, i.e. its appearance, working order, quality, and so on, or it may refer to legal requirements set out in formal documents.
A schedule of condition (SOC) is a factual record of the condition of a property that can be used as a benchmark against which its condition can be assessed in the future and any changes identified. For more information, see Schedule of condition.
In legal terms, a ‘condition’ is an agreement which may impact upon certain rights, liabilities, or obligations. An express condition is one that is stipulated, i.e. written down, whereas an implied condition is one that is deemed to be automatically present.
Contract conditions set out the principal legal relationship between the parties to a construction project, determining the allocation of risk, specification, price, method of working and so on. For more information see Contract conditions.
With regard to planning, rather than refusing a planning application, a local authority might grant permission, but with conditions. These conditions might require additional approvals for specific aspects of the development (such as the colour of materials), or might restrict the use of the site (for example, limiting operating hours). For more information, see Planning condition.
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