Property developers have been cautioned against hiring unregistered contractors who the National Construction Authority (NCA) has blamed for the rising cases of sub-standard buildings in the country.
“Persons masquerading as duly licensed service providers in the construction industry have been obtaining money by false pretense from members of the public under the guise of offering services or works for which they are not authorized to do,” NCA said in a notice.
Further, the notice affirmed that only registered professionals are allowed by law to offer design and related implementation services on construction projects
“Engaging non-registered persons is not only in contravention of the law, but is also dangerous as it will produce poor quality construction work,” NCA Executive Director Maurice Akech said in the notice.
The Authority has advised members of the public to verify the standing of any contractor by visiting its website while also verifying professional standing with respective professional bodies- Engineers Board of Kenya, and the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors.
Eng Maurice Akech called on the public to report to the nearest police station or EACC any persons ‘practicing’ without appearing on respective regulatory or professional registers.
“Failure to register construction projects with the NCA is also a punishable offense. In addition, the Authority has the authority to stop on-going construction where the project fails to meet the regulatory requirements,” he said.
He announced that NCA has waived penalties on pending renewal fees for annual practicing licenses for contractors in order to enable more specialists to comply with the law.