A certificate given by an architect, in connection with a construction and engineering project, such as:
A certificate of practical completion ( www.practicallaw.com/6-107-7024) .
A certificate of making good defects.
An interim certificate (in connection with payment).
A final certificate (in connection with a final account).
An architect's certificate can have a bespoke meaning. For example:
The parties to a development agreement may require a particular form of certificate in connection with completion of a property transfer or in connection with release of a retention under that agreement.
In the context of residential property, an architect's certificate may be required to meet the Council of Mortgage Lenders' ( www.practicallaw.com/9-106-5345) requirements in connection with a new house or flat, that is, if the property does not benefit from a home warranty from a body such as NHBC Building Control Services Ltd ( www.practicallaw.com/1-106-8003) , Premier Guarantee ( www.practicallaw.com/2-500-9693) or Building LifePlans Ltd ( www.practicallaw.com/1-500-9995) .