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‘Practical completion’ of a project means that building works have reached the stage where the builder certifies that they have been completed in accordance with the contract, except for minor omissions and, where applicable, that the builder has done all that he/she is required to do under the contract to enable a certificate of occupancy to be obtained.
If you are unsure whether any omissions and defects are ‘minor’ or may prevent works from being used for their usual purpose you should contact your HIA workplace advisor for guidance.
When you believe the building works have reached the practical completion stage, you must:
NOTE: If within five days the client has not issued you with such a notice, then practical completion is deemed to have been reached and the owner must pay the final progress payment.
If your client pays the final progress claim, the date of practical completion is that stated in your notice of practical completion.
If your client gives you a list of items to be completed or rectified for the works to reach practical completion you can either:
On payment of the final claim you should give your client possession together with all keys, certificates and warranties.
NOTE : The owner must not take possession of the building works without your consent until all outstanding money owed to you is paid.
If this happens:
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