JCT – setting the standard for construction contracts


Since 1931 JCT has produced standard forms of construction contract, guidance notes, and other standard forms of documentation for use by the construction industry.

Today JCT provides a larger and more comprehensive range of contract documentation than any other contract-producing body in the UK construction industry.

As a consensus organisation, JCT represents a collaboration of the major sectors of the construction industry that contribute to the contracting process. Its members include: British Property Federation, Build UK Group Limited, Contractors Legal Grp Limited, Local Government Association, Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and Scottish Building Contract Committee Limited.

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About our contracts

JCT is the UK’s leading producer of standard forms of contract, which work on the principle of adapting established benchmark provisions to suit a wide range of projects.

What is a standard form of building contract?

A standard form of building contract is a form of contract containing conditions which are applicable, or can be made applicable by the use of alternatives, to a wide range of building projects.

The JCT approach

Our approach is to produce standard forms that meet clearly defined needs and apportion risk in a way that is appropriate for the procurement methods they reflect. The JCT suite of contracts is made up of ‘families’ of standard forms, guidance and other documents that are suitable for the majority of construction projects and procurement methods.

JCT’s flexible and broad portfolio of main contracts, sub-contracts, agreements, warranties, and other documents ensures that our contracts support a wide range of construction activity, including complex, large-scale projects, right through to individual home owners carrying out alterations.

JCT 2016

JCT 2016 is the current edition of JCT’s standard forms of contract. Find out more about our range of contracts and our methodology below:

About the JCT 2016 Edition
Contract families
About our contracts
Useful documents 

Our services and activities

The JCT Online Store provides next-working-day-delivery for our contracts as well as offering a range of other products, including bespoke weather reports developed exclusively for JCT by the Met Office, a selection of BIM titles, and a range of contract administration products.

We also have a JCT On Demand service, which enables users to be able to buy, fill-in, and print JCT contracts online, using an intuitive Q&A process.

JCT Training

As well as provide our contracts, we also offer a range of training courses on various contracts families, as well as broader issues, such as selecting the appropriate contract for a project, and detail on the legal perspective. Our education module, JCT Contracts Discovery, is an ideal tool for education and training providers, in-house training teams and independent tutors.

As a consensus organisation we are influential in bringing the industry together on a variety of issues, including Building Information Modelling, Education and proving support for construction students, Sustainability, and the Public Sector.

JCT Network

The JCT Network is free to join and provides exclusive content to JCT users, including advance notice of changes to contracts or new products, blogs and news, and event invites.

JCT On Demand

JCT Sub-Contracts and more now available via JCT On Demand. Complete your contract using an intuitive Q&A process, which makes filling in the contracts easy and makes sure you cover all the key areas. Find out more at jctltd.co.uk/jct-on-demand

JCT OnDemand