revised and updated, the RIBA Domestic Building Contract is specifically
designed to be a simple, clear and easy to understand and use contract between
a client and a contractor. Endorsed and supported by the HomeOwners Alliance,
the RIBA Domestic Building Contract can be used on all domestic (non-commercial)
projects, including renovations extensions, maintenance and new buildings.
in plain English that is simple to understand
notes to help complete the contract
an effective way of managing payments to the contractor
you control over the timely completion of the project
for collaborating with the contractor over events that may delay completion or
add costs to the project
provisions: advance warnings, joint resolution of delay, proposals for
improvements and cost savings
for contractor design, with 'fit for purpose' liability option
provisions for a contractor programme
provisions for client-selected suppliers and sub-contractors
for dealing with changes to the project which allow for agreement and include
for commencement and completion in stages
compliant with the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999
notes on use and completion are included.
Key changes in the 2018 edition:
The contract has been fully updated to comply with the CDM Regulations 2015.
The Guidance Notes include detailed advice for clients with regards to their
particular duties under the Regulations.
The guidance on Insurance and Insuring the Works has been expanded and is clearer
and easier to understand. Further explanation is given on the process for
ensuring that adequate insurance is obtained and the importance of notifying
the property's building and contents insurer if the work is to an existing
building. Emphasis is given to the need for whoever takes out the insurance to
provide written confirmation of the extent of cover provided in respect of the
Fees and Charges item has been expanded so that it now clearly states what
regulatory and statutory consents, fees and charges need to be obtained and who
is taking on the ether the responsibility for obtaining and paying for them,
either the client or the contractor.
The guidance on Dispute Resolution has been expanded but also simplified. Mediation
and adjudication are now highlighted as the initial/preferred forms of settling
any dispute in the contract, but the client retains the right to refer any
dispute to the courts, as the courts will often make it a precondition to
hearing a case that the parties have attempted an alternative dispute
optional item has been simplified. The contract have retained the requirement
for a contractor to indicate the activities they will carry out to complete the
works, including the start and finish times of each activity and the
relationship of each activity to the others. However, the obligation on the contractor
to submit a Programme prior to the commencement of the works, and any financial
penalties for not doing so (perceived as too confrontational), have been
Design optional item has been retained, so that, if it is agreed that the contractor
is to design part of the Works, a detailed and accurate description can be provided
of the parts that the contractor will design. However, this optional item now
also allows a level of professional indemnity insurance to be specified.
Specialists optional item has been amended so that while clients can still
request that specific subcontractors and suppliers be used for parts of the
Works, details of those parts of the works are now to be identified at the
tender stage and listed in the Contract Documents.
The contract now includes a Contract Checklist which both parties should review and answer
'yes' to the questions provided before signing the contract. This is to ensure
that the client is fully aware of what they are agreeing to, that all of the
appropriate documents and information has been provided and that all of the
provisions - such as: scope of the works; start and completion dates of the
works; contract price; payment of fees; access to the site and working hours;
insurance; and the process for dispute resolution - have been adequately
Easy to understand
The RIBA Domestic Building Contract is written in plain English, which
provides three key benefits:
the language used in the contract is simple and
easy to understand, compared to other standard forms of contracts;
the clause structure used in the contract avoids
the use of large numbers of sub-sub clauses and too much cross-referencing
between provisions; and
Where common construction terminology is used,
it has been simplified so that less-experienced users can understand it.
required for each Party
legally advisable that both parties to the contract each have an original
signed version. Therefore you should purchase two copies of the contract, so
that both the client and contractor has an original signed copy.
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Integration with other RIBA
The RIBA Building Contracts have been specifically written to integrate
with the RIBA suite of professional services contracts (RIBA Agreements) and
the RIBA Plan of Work 2013.
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Höhe: 297 mm
Breite: 210 mm
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