An Architect charges fees for the design of a building according to the Scale of Charges prescribed in the country where he is practicing. In India, the scale of charges are listed by the Council of Architecture, but most people do not know it.
So as an Architect practising in India, I have listed this Scale of Charges recommended by the Council for housing, interior and landscape design, Site development, conservation, alterations, urban design under the following headings:
How much is the Architect’s fees for different types of projects in India?
What are the charges for site visits?
What are the advisory consultancy charges for architects?
HOW MUCH IS THE ARCHITECT’S FEES FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF PROJECTS IN INDIA?
The scale of charges prescribed by the Council of Architecture is for different types of projects. The CoA insists that a client fixes the Architect’s fees according to this scale of charges, though negotiation between the Architect and the Client is allowed for works costing upto Rs 14,00,000/- However, I must mention that in reality, negotiation takes place for every project and the fees are decided depending on the complexity of the project and the scope of services required. This here, is just a reference guide.
Individual / Independent House – 7.5% on the cost of works assigned.
Single Block Housing and Sites upto 0.5 hectares – 5.0% on the cost of works assigned.
Sites more than 0.5 hectares and upto 2.5 hectares – 3.5% on the cost of works assigned.
Sites more than 2.5 hectares and upto 5 hectares – 2.5% on the cost of works assigned.
Sites more than 5 hectares – 2.0% on the cost of works assigned.
ALL PROJECTS OTHER THAN HOUSING: 5.0% on the cost of works assigned.
REPETITION OF BUILDING IN SAME CAMPUS: 2.5% on the cost of works assigned.
REPETITION OF BUILDING ELSEWHERE: 3.5% on the cost of works assigned.
SITE DEVELOPMENT: 2.5% on the cost of works assigned.
ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVATION, RETROFITTING, ADDITIONS AND ALTERATIONS: 7.5% on the cost of works assigned.
INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE, SIGNAGE, GRAPHIC DESIGN: 7.5% on the cost of works assigned.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: 7.5% on the cost of works assigned.
URBAN DESIGN: 1.0% on the cost of works assigned.
WHAT ARE THE CHARGES FOR SITE VISITS?
Outstation site visit: Rs 3000/- per day
WHAT ARE THE ADVISORY CONSULTANCY CHARGES FOR ARCHITECTS?
Rs 10,000/- per day for outstation project,
Rs 4,000/- per day for local project.
The Architect’s fee is usually paid out in installments, at various project stages typically coinciding with project milestones. At the outset, the Client and the Architect should agree on these staged payments in the contract as detailed here:
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