Section (19) of the Construction Industry Development Board Act stipulates that “No person shall offer his services as a Consultant or Contractor unless he is registered under the Construction Industry Development Board Act”.
According to Section (2) of the Construction Industry Development Board Act, a Contractor means a person who, or a firm that, carries out construction works in the construction industry and includes a Foreign Contractor.
However, any person undertaking construction works of less than Rs 500,000 (VAT exclusive) is not required to be registered under the provisions of the Construction Industry Development Board Act.
There are three Classes of Works under which a Contractor can be registered, namely; ‘Building Construction Works’, ‘Civil Engineering Construction Works’, ‘Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Works’.
Contractors is also classified into 8 Grades A to H. Each Grade allows a Contractor to undertake construction works up to a contract value. A Contractor is not allowed to undertake construction works above his Grade Limit.
A Contractor may also be registered in different Areas of Specialisation under the different Classes of Works as indicated in the Third Schedule of the Construction Industry Development Board Act. In such cases an Applicant has to demonstrate it has the capability to undertake such type of works.
Application Forms for Registration as a Contractor can be downloaded here:
Application for Registration for Local Contractors
Application for Registration for Foreign Contractors
Application for Registration for Joint Venture Contractors
Notes to Applicants
Criteria for Registration