Last edited 16 Oct 2020

RIBA domestic building contract

In November 2014, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced that it would launch 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 that are considered straight forward.

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 Domestic Building Contract is a contract between a client and a contractor. It is suitable for construction work carried out to the client’s home such as; renovations, extensions, maintenance and the construction of new buildings. It is intended to be administered by an architect, contract administrator or by an experienced client.

It is written in plain English and accompanied by guidance notes.

It includes provisions for:

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

For more information about the concise contract, see RIBA Concise Building Contract.

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