Last edited 01 Nov 2020

RIBA concise building contract

In November 2014, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) launched two building contracts, in both print and online formats:

The Domestic Building Contract is for non-commercial projects. The Concise Building Contract is for small commercial projects.

They were developed by a member group (set up by the Practice and Profession Committee) and by RIBA Enterprises. They have been created in particular for use by home owners and builders of small projects and can be used alongside the RIBA’s Domestic Agreement and Concise Agreement for the appointment of an architect.

Dale Sinclair, RIBA Vice President of Practice and Profession said, ‘The contracts have been developed to be much simpler, much more straightforward and certainly easier for a contract administrator to sit down with a client and explain’.

The RIBA Concise Building Contract is a contract for construction works between an employer (the construction client) and a contractor. The RIBA suggest that it offers ‘Fair and equitable terms for all parties’. It is written in plain English and is intended for use on small-scale commercial construction projects that are considered to be straight forward. It is not suitable for domestic projects.

The RIBA Concise Building Contract is intended to be administrated by an architect or contract administrator (not by the client).

It includes provisions for:

A revised version of the contract was published in 2018. The main changes are:

For more information about the domestic contract see RIBA Domestic Building Contract.

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