Calculating SACAP Architectural Tariff of Fees

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UPDATED SACAP ARCHITECTURAL TARIFF OF FEES

 

The South African Institute of Architects (SACAP) has updated their Architectural Tariff of Fees. Download the new fees here:
Download the Framework for the Professional Fees Guideline Board Notice 72 of 2015 here
Download the Annual Update of the Professional Fees Guideline Board Notice 73 of 2015 here

 

PREVIOUS SACAP ARCHITECTURAL TARIFF OF FEES

 

The architecture fees tariff, published by the South African Institute of Architects (SACAP), is a guideline of professional fees which the majority of architects refer to when setting their tariffs.

The architecture fees tariffs are updated annually and published in the Government Gazette. The latest Professional Fees Guidelines, applicable from 01 January 2012, issued in terms of Section 34(2) of the Architectural Professions Act, Act No 44 of 2000, is published in Gazette No. 34788 of 2011 and Board Notice 195 of 2011.

The guideline professional fees indicated in Tables 1, 2 and 3 below must be read in context of the Framework for the Professional Fees Guideline published by the Council in Board Notice 195 of 2011. This Board Notice replaces the Professional Fees Guideline published in Board Notice 173 of 2010 and is applicable from 01 January 2012.

PROJECT COST BASED ARCHITECTURE FEES

TABLE 1: PROJECT COST BASED FEE

 Section

 

Cost of Project (excl VAT)

 

Fee (Base + % of Cost)

  A B   C D
    R R   R %
1 1 60000 0 12.50%
2 60001 1200000 15000 10.00%
3 1200001 2400000 45000 7.50%
4 2400001 4800000 51000 7.25%
5 4800001 9600000 63000 7.00%
6 9600001 19200000 87000 6.75%
7 19200001 38400000 135000 6.50%
8 38400001 76800000 231000 6.25%
9 76800001 153600000 423000 6.00%
10 153600001 307200000 807000 5.75%
11 307200001 614400000 1575000 5.50%
12 614400001 + 5.75%

 

A = Cost of Project at Start
B = Cost of Project at Start
C = “Base” or “Bridging” fee
D = Fee percentage charged

 

Example:

If a project costs R2 000 000.00, the architectural fee would be calculated as follows:

Base Fee                 +                % of project cost                 =          total architectural fee

R45 000.00             +          R2 000 000.00 x 7.5%            =          R195 000.00

GUIDELINE ARCHITECTURE FEES FOR ADDITIONS AND / OR ALTERATIONS

The addition and / or alteration portions of projects are charged at a higher rate, due to the increased volume of work required. Addition and alteration work is far more complex than new buildings, and therefore more time consuming. Existing buildings need to be measured and documented accurately, a timely exercise. In addition to this, once work on an existing building has begun, hidden complications may be revealed within the existing structures. This may lead to the requirement of partial or total redesigning of the project.

The fee for work that includes alterations is based on the total project cost as a project cost based fee and increased for that portion of the work comprising or affected by alterations by 30% (130% of the fee) , as published by the Council in Board Notice 195 of 2011 (section 1.3.7).

Example:

If an addition and / or alteration  project costs R2 000 000.00, the architectural fee would be calculated as follows:

Base Fee        +        % of project cost      =  total architectural fee + 30%    =  total architectural fee

R45 000.00     +  R2 000 000.00 x 7.5%    =  R195 000.00 + 30%       =  R260 000.00

 

STANDARD SERVICES

 

The architecture fee tariffs described above are for standard services of architectural professionals, as published by the Council in Board Notice 195 of 2011 (section 1.1).

 

The essential functions of each work stage relevant to the service are identified herein as:

Stage 1: Inception

Stage 2: Concept and viability (concept design)

Stage 3: Design development

Stage 4: Documentation and procurement

Stage 5: Construction

Stage 6: Close out

For detailed descriptions of the work stages, please see  http://designmine.co.za/architects-services

The total architectural fee is divided into the work stages as described above. An architectural professional may be appointed for individual stages only, depending on the client or nature of the project. The apportionment of these architecture fees are illustrated in the table below and may be adjusted by agreement.

 

TABLE 2: APPORTIONMENT OF FEES

Work stages 1 to 6 Portion of fee Cumulative total
1 5% 5%
2 15% 20%
3 20% 40%
4.1 20% 60%
4.2 10% 70%
5 27% 97%
6 3% 100%

TIME BASED ARCHITECTURE FEES

In some cases, a client may only require design consultation. In such a case, a time based fee may be more suitable. Architecture Fees/Tariffs are calculated according to the position and experience of the design professional. SACAP’s recommended tariffs are listed in Table 3 below:

TABLE 3: TIME BASED ARCHITECTURE FEES

Principal / Staff Category (refer item 1.5.3 of Board Notice No. 195 of 2011) Experience / Work Context Rate per Hour (Excl VAT)
1. Partners & Equity Holders Specialist                                 >10 years experience           <10 years experience           <5 years experience R2 400.00                        R1 875.00                         R1 350.00             R775.00
2. Salaried Staff Associates and Managers 22.5% per R100.00 or part thereof of total annual cost of employment
3. Salaried Staff Staff performing work of an architectural nature and carrying direct responsibility for activities related to a project 17.5% per R100.00 or part thereof of total annual cost of employment
4. Salaried Staff Staff performing work of an architectural nature under direction and control 16.5% per R100.00 or part thereof of total annual cost of employment

DOWNLOADS

Gazette No. 34788 of 2011 and Board Notice 195 of 2011

Professional Fee Calculator Excel Document (from Arc Directory)

Professional Architecture Fees Calculator designed to facilitate with the calculation of Professional Fees for Architectural Services rendered for projects as contemplated by the Architectural Professions Act, Act No 44 of 2000 and the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, Act No 107 of 1977.
(Based on Framework for Professional Fees Guideline published in Gazette No. 34788 of 2011 and Board Notice 195 of 2011)

For more Arc Directory downloads, visit http://www.arcdirectory.co.za/downloads.html

See OUR SCOPE OF WORK: ARCHITECT’S SERVICES: designmine.co.za/architects-services

If you have any questions regarding the SACAP architecture fee structure, please contact SACAP directly.



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