Appointment of Principal Designer (B163)

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Who can use this Principal Designer Appointment?

Any  developer or individual who is going to build an office, house or other construction project.  It is also a useful template for anyone who offers principal designer services.

What is this principal designer appointment for?

For health & safety reasons every building project needs a ‘principal designer’ who is responsible for planning and coordinating health and safety before construction starts on site.  It’s a legal requirement under the CDM Regulations

What are the main issues when preparing a Principal Designer Appointment?

First, you need to appoint someone who is qualified for the work.  The CDM Regulations issued in 2015 set out the requirements.

It could be the architect but often the principal designer is a specialist with particular skills for this job.

Details of the services are covered in the CDM Regulations and our principal designer appointment template uses these in a schedule.

You will also want the principal designer to have adequate professional indemnity insurance.

As for fees, this is a matter for negotiation, usually with fees paid in stages.

What detailed terms does the Principal Designer Appointment contain?

This eight page document contains 20 clauses covering

  • Definitions and interpretation
  • Appointment & warranty
  • Commencement & term
  • Duties of principal designer
  • Duties of client
  • Fees & payment
  • Additional services
  • Copyright licence
  • Professional indemnity insurance & liability
  • Assignment & subcontracting
  • Collateral warranties
  • Termination
  • Suspension
  • Confidentiality
  • Notices
  • Resolution of disputes
  • Governing law
  • Entire agreement
  • Rights of third parties
  • Partnership


For more information on each of these sections, see our Explanatory Notes  which you will receive when you download the document from our website.

For information on signing documents see our Contract Signing page

When I download the document, can I change it and/or use it more than once?

Yes, all ContractStore’s templates are in MS Word and you can use the contract on more than one project. For more information, watch the video on this page of our website or see our FAQs

Legal support

ContractStore supplies templates and is not a law firm.  But all our templates are written by experienced lawyers, in this case a specialist construction solicitor.  So, we can arrange legal assistance for customers who need special terms in one of our documents or a bespoke template. . For more information see our Legal Services page.

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