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Guideline Professional Fees

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

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

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 an annual update of the Guideline Professional Fees that are issued for publication in terms of Section 34(2) of the Architectural Profession Act, no 44 of 2000.

Historically, SACAP's Guideline Professional Fees Committee met four times per year to review the Guideline Professional Fees and the board notice was gazetted in December annually.

The Competition Commission is currently reviewing SACAP's exemption in relation to Guideline Professional Fees. At the request of the Competition Commission, no further updates will be published until a ruling has been made in this regard.

SACAP Professional registered persons are advised to make use of the current Guideline Professional Fees, Board notices 194 and 195, effective from 1 January 2012 until further notice 

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

PROJECT COST BASED FEE

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    

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.

BOARD NOTICE 194 & 195 OF 2011  - ANNUAL UPDATE OF THE PROFESSIONAL FEES GUIDELINES ARE EFFECTIVE FROM 1 JANUARY 2012 

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