SACAP Guideline Professional Fees

The Guideline Professional Fees are issued in terms of Section 34(2) of the Architectural Profession Act no 44 of 2000.

The Competition Act, 1998 (Act No. 89, 1998) exists in order to provide all South Africans with equal opportunity to participate fairly in the national economy and to freely select the quality and variety of goods and services they desire.

Clients therefore have the right to go to any registered person who offers architectural services. The role of educating the public as to the different skills, qualifications and expected performance levels between the categories of professionals; lies with the professionals, the recognised Voluntary Associations and the Council.

Members are reminded that the guideline professional fees published annually by SACAP are only a guideline. The quantum of the professional fee for any project is subject to agreement between the client and the architect at the time of appointment.

The Council for the Built Environment (CBE), which is the statutory body established in terms of Section 2 of the Council for the Built Environment Act, 2000 relating to the Built Environment Professions, requires the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) to determine and publish an annual update of the Professional Fees Guideline.

Although the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) published a call for comment on the proposed amendment to the 2012 guideline for the professional fees, no formal notification of any amendment has yet been published.  SAIA has been advised that for the present, the 2012 professional fees guideline, Board Notice 194 of 2011, Annual update of the professional fees guideline, issued in terms of section 32(2) of the Architectural Profession Act No 44 of 2000, applies until notified to the contrary.

The Professional Fees Guideline comprised of either PROJECT COST BASED FEES or TIME BASED FEES.

Project Cost Based Fees

The project fee consists of two parts: the base plus the percentage. The one is not reflected in the other, and the two figures should be added. A hypothetical fee account would thus read: R 20 000 base fee plus 7% of R 1 000 000 = R20 000 plus R 70 000 equals R 90 000 total fee.

Both the SACAP Code of Professional Conduct and the SAIA Code of Ethics require that the appointment of an architect must be reduced to writing.

The Guideline Professional Fees are charged by registered professionals providing architectural services. The Guideline Professional Fees are thus negotiable between professionals and their clients.

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