Why is Client’s Notice to Proceed (NTP) Important to the Consultant?

by | Jan 2, 2023 | Books, Liability Risks, Project Management | 0 comments

Notice to Proceed (NTP) is the Client’s official notification to the Consultant that the design may begin.  NTP is frequently given with the transmittal of the contract when executed by the Client.  The NTP should include the specific date on which it is issued, thus establishing the date upon which future schedule milestones are determined.  Many Clients will not issue NTP until they receive both an acceptable Insurance Certificate and approve the Consultants Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan (QA/QC Plan).

A Client may refuse to pay for services performed prior to Client issuing the Notice to Proceed.

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