A contractor can apply for more than one class of works and more than one areas of specialisation provided he meets the requirements for the different class of works and areas of specialisation.
The Executive Director is empowered under Section 15 of the CIDB Act to designate Authorized Officers to make such enquiry or inspection as he thinks fit to ascertain whether the provision of the CIDB Act or any regulations under the Act are being complied with.
CIDB is mandated to promote and encourage the participation of the small and medium enterprises in the construction industry. In this endeavour, CIDB provides advice and support to small contractors and also often organize workshops as well as training programmes on issues of relevance to small contractors.
Consultants and contractors should submit an application on the prescribed form together with the processing fee and supporting documents as indicated on the Application Form and Guidance Notes.
After processing the application, the applicant would be informed of the outcome and upon payment of the relevant registration fees, applicant would be issued a Certificate of Registration.
The First Schedule of the CIDB Act 2008 provides that those who undertake construction works of a value less than Rs 500,000 (VAT exclusive) are exempted from registration and therefore need not be registered with the CIDB.
However, a contractor who is exempted may wish to be enlisted with the CIDB and will not have to pay any application and registration fees. He would consequently be entitled to a few privileges or facilities being offered to registered contractors.
Section 20(1) of the CIDB Act provides that a foreign consultant or foreign contractor who intends to undertake consultancy services or construction works in Mauritius, shall prior to the award of every contract obtain a Temporary Registration in respect of that contract.
CIDB is mandated to promote the development and improvement of the construction industry. It is a statutory body established to act as a regulator and facilitator in the industry. It has a broad set of objects and functions as per Sections 5 and 6 of the CIDB Act 2008.
Section 26 of the Act stipulates that:
(1) Any consultant or contractor who contravenes subsections 19(1), 19(7) or 20(1) shall commit an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 100,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years.
(2) Any person who obstructs, hinders, opposes or molests, or fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a requirement or direction of, an Authorized Officer in the performance of his duties under this Act shall commit an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding 50,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.
Where a consultant or a contractor is aggrieved by any decision of the Council, he may appeal to the Minister who shall then appoint an Ad hoc Appeal Committee to hear the appeal as provided under Section 25 of the Act.