Commentary

54 What constitutes completion

BUILDING AND ENGINEERING vol 5
| Commentary

54 What constitutes completion

| Commentary

54 What constitutes completion

Modern construction contracts usually provide for the contract administrator to issue a certificate when the works have reached the required state of completion1. Such a certificate represents an expression of opinion that all the construction work that has to be done has been completed2. It should not therefore be issued where there are patent defects in the works3, except where these are sufficiently trivial to be ignored on the de minimis principle4. Defects are normally listed by the contract administrator or employer’s representative and the contractor is then required to complete these items, and any others

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