Builder's contract: short version

This document is for a general builder to use with a consumer client on any residential project where a simple contract will suffice for both parties. For example, the nature of the work may be straightforward. It covers the requirements of the Consumer Contracts (ICAC) Regulations.
Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland
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About this document

This contract has been kept simple and short in length so that you can use it on the smallest of jobs while still complying with your legal obligations and giving yourself protection against the client not paying or claiming that the work done was not as agreed. 

Like our longer contracts, this template covers just those areas where you most need legal strength: limiting your liability if things go wrong, cash collection, and payment for extras. It provides a simple way to deal with the legal requirements of the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013.

This contract also contains drafting notes to make quite clear what the text means and to advise you on choosing from the options we give.

Note: that this document is drawn for use by a general builder or tradesman engaged to work on residential works such as building an external wall, fitting a bathroom, or fitting insulation.

It does not comply with the HGCRA 1996 and therefore is not suitable for commercial property work or grant aided projects.

Alternative contracts

This contract is short and most suitable for a sole trader on a straightforward job. If you want something more suitable for a larger domestic project, look at this agreement for small works.


  • All about the contract - the ground rules
  • Special factors of which the client should be aware
  • Model terms for payment
  • Alternative payment arrangements
  • Safety and insurance
  • Confidentiality: no using social networks
  • Limitation of liability
  • Uncontrollable events
  • Miscellaneous legal matters

This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current English law.

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