Nearing completion of the construction works, the architect will assess the building work for compliance with the contract documents (also known as “snagging”) and, if complete, will certify the work as “practically complete”, which is authorised by means of a Practical Completion Certificate. At this stage, 50% of any financial retention is released to the contractor, and the rectification period commences.
At the end of the rectification period (six to 12 months after completion, depending on the terms of the contract) a final inspection is made to ensure that the works have not become defective. A Final Certificate is then issued, and the contractor is paid the remainder of any financial retention.
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