This building contract template from the Joint Contracts Tribunal is suitable for a homeowner to appoint a builder when the homeowner has already appointed an architect, project manager, or some other consultant who will oversee the works.
Included with the building contract is a Consultancy Agreement for a home owner/occupier
The contract has the Plain English Crystal Mark for clarity and is designed to protect the homeowner from problems during building works, renovations, and property improvement projects.
The JCT Home Owner Contracts are PDF documents which you can download save and email.
They are for use on desktop computers only and will not function on a mobile telephone or a tablet.
If you have a laptop that can be used as a tablet as well, the Contract will only function when it is in laptop mode.
JCT Home owner Contracts function with Windows 7 upwards and Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) or greater. However see instructions below if you are using an Apple Mac.
DOWNLOADING WITH ADOBE READER
To access your Contract you’ll need to have Adobe Acrobat XI or upwards installed on your computer.
The latest version of Adobe Reader Acrobat DC can be downloaded free from the Adobe website: https://get.adobe.com/reader/?loc=uk
Please note: Adobe Reader must be used to open your Contract. Downloading through other PDF readers will corrupt your Contract and you will be unable to use it.
Apple Macs in particular have default PDF reader Preview built in which will appear as the primary reader of PDFs. Please ensure you prompt the Contract to open in Adobe reader only. The latest version of Adobe Reader Acrobat DC can be downloaded free from the Adobe website: https://get.adobe.com/reader/?loc=uk
PLEASE NOTE: If you are using Windows 10 the contract will open by default in Windows Edge. To change the default from Windows Edge to Adobe please go to windows icon on the bottom left of the screen then go to setting – . “default apps” and change them to default to Adobe.
Once you have been through the checkout process, a download link will be emailed to you. Your invoice can be downloaded and printed from this email too. However you can also log into your account on our website and find these downloads there.
You will be sent a ZIP file which will contain the PDF Contract and these instructions. You do not need WINZIP to open this zip folder. Double click on the zipped folder and you will be taken to an unzipped folder. Click on this as you will see the documents.
Please note the Contract will feature a DRAFT watermark which will only disappear once the Contract is finalised (see below).
FILLING OUT THE CONTRACT
The JCT Home Owner Contracts are designed as editable PDFs. There are fields within the Contract which you will need to fill in on your computer.
If you would prefer a paper copy of the JCT Home Owner Contract that you can fill in manually, you can purchase this from the JCT website: https://www.jctltd.co.uk/category/home-owner-Contracts
PRINTING A DRAFT VERSION OF THE CONTRACT
If you wish to print and circulate a draft of the Contract prior to finalising it, you will need to complete Page 2 of the document fully without using abbreviations.
You will then need to tick the box on Page 6 to confirm that you are using the Contract for one project only, and then save the Contract on your computer.
Then click the Print Draft button to print the Contract with the watermark “DRAFT”.
When you have finalised the contents of the Contract and wish to print the final version, scroll to Page 6 and tick the “Final” box and this will remove the watermark and print. You will not be able to amend the document once this has been done.
- You can only use this Contract once, i.e. one Contract per Contractor
- Only you (the purchaser) can use the Contract. You cannot give it to a third party to use on another project.
- You may not delete, change or obscure any product identification or notices of proprietary rights and restrictions
- You may not delete, change or obscure the contact identifiers on a Contract
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This contract ad consultancy agreement are in PDF format.
After you download it, you can edit each PDF to a limited extent in the spaces identified for that purpose. Once you have made all the changes, you then lock the document so no further edits can be made. It is ready for signing.Contents and Guidance for using this Contract
This bulding contract is suitable for a homeowner to appoint a builder when the homeowner has already appointed an architect or some other consultant who will oversee the works. This contract is designed to protect the homeowner from problems during building works, renovations, and property improvement projects.
Employing a consultant such as an architect, surveyor or engineer can give invaluable help in getting the best from your project.
If you don’t want the consultant to deal directly with the builder,document JCT1, the alternative contract for employing a builder will be more suitable.
For a straightforward appointment of a consultant, see our document B151.