The Professional Fees committee met on 31 May 2018 and established a guideline professional fees task team who will
be responsible for benching marking and creating an architectural
relevant research model to determine the model to will be used for
compiling the fees. There will be an opportunity for the profession to
engage with the draft proposed professional fees guidelines once they
will be available for comment.
The draft Client Professional Project Agreement (CPPA) was submitted to
all Voluntary Association (VA’s) for comment. Registered Persons (RP’s)
are charged on rule 4.1 of the Code of Professional Conduct, in the
absence of not having a CPPA, hence the Professional Fees Committee has
compiled this simplified CPPA which is available free of charge. The
CPPA does not replace PROCSA or SAIA letter of appointment, but it is a
Please click on the following hyperlink to access: Client Professional Project Agreement (CPPA) version.
The SACAP Professional Fees Guidelines - Board Notices 121
and 122 are the current Professional Fee Guidelines until Council has
developed an alternate fee guideline.
What are the Guideline Professional Fees?
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.
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.
Duty of Care Letter - Banking Institutions
Registered Professionals that we do not support the Duty of Care Letter
currently issued by South African banks BUT that we
recommend that Registered Persons utilise the new Duty of Care letter
should you be obliged to sign such a letter by the banks.
Please click on the following hyperlink to access: SACAP Duty of Care letter