CCDC 31 – ‘Service Contract Between Owner and Consultant’

New documents became available on December 14, 2020, for CCDC 31 ‘Service Contract Between Owner and Consultant.’ Click here to download the new Master Specifications for Division 01 documentation.


CCDC 31 – Service Contract Between Owner and Consultant is a standard service contract for use between Owner and consulting engineer. Originally adapted from the ACEC 31 at the request of ACEC, the document was updated in line with the existing CCDC principles and terminology, consistent with the CCDC 2.

This contract allows for a variety of types of remuneration, including the use of fixed fees, fees based on the value of the Work, fees based on time-based rates, or any combination therein.

The CCDC 31 clearly outlines the scope of the Consultant’s Professional Services with Schedule A, which allows users to select the specific duties of the Consultant for the project.

Also contained within the CCDC 31 are provisions addressing the roles and responsibilities of both parties, insurance requirements, dispute resolution, and more.

The CCDC 31 contains the following sections:

  • Agreement Between Owner and Consultant
  • Definitions
  • General Conditions
    • General Provisions
    • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Executing Professional Services
    • Payment
    • Governing Principles
    • Insurance and Liability
    • Dispute Resolution
  • Schedules
    • Consultant’s Scope of Professional Services
    • Reimbursable Expenses
    • Time-Based Rates for Personnel Employed by the Consultant

Sample Document


  • This new document is a first of its kind, as it is intended for use between project owners and their consultant (specifically, consulting engineers).
  • This contract was adopted from the ACEC 31, at the request of ACEC.
  • The target audience for this document is project owners and consulting engineering companies.

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