Fees Breakdown


Architectural Services are as per CAP 525 of the Laws of Kenya https://boraqs.or.ke/the-resources/downloads/ and broken down as follows:
100% of fees is calculated at 6% of TOTAL PROJECT COST.
See a copy of CAP 525 here.

Source: BORAQS Kenya.

A. Inception:

For advising the client upon the services of an architect and the need for a quantity surveyor, obtaining initial statement of requirements and outlining possible courses of action:
No charge. 0% of total construction cost.

B.Outline proposals:
For considering and developing the brief.
For advising on the need for and instructing consultants.
For preparing outline proposals which incorporate a detailed presentation of the client’s requirements and an approximation of the costs of meeting them.
For reporting any major decisions required form the client and receiving any amended instructions.
Charge: 1% of total construction cost.

C. Scheme Design.
For preparing, in collaboration with any consultant, a scheme design consisting of small-scale working drawings which shall indicate spatial arrangement and appearance.
For reporting to the client on the scheme including presenting an assignment of the cost and timetable for the project and where so required, submitting copies of the drawings to the local authority for town planning consent, approval under the Building bye-laws.
Charge: 1.5% of total construction cost.

D. Detailed design and production drawings.
For completing a detailed design incorporating the design work done by any consultants .
For preparing production drawings and information necessary for production of Bills of Quantities.
Charge: 2% of total construction cost.

E. From tender action to completion.
For obtaining and advising on tenders and for preparing and advising on the contract and the appointment of a contractor.
For briefing the contractor, arranging for him to take possession of the site and examining his programme.
For periodic supervision and issuing certificates required by the building contract.
For handing over the building to the client, providing small-scale drawings showing the main lines of drainage and other services as executed and giving initial guidance on maintenance.
Charge: 1.5% of total construction cost.


  32 comments for “Fees Breakdown

  1. July 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I have 5 acres land in Narok,wants to construct a 3-4 bed roomed house,2 Bedroom servant quarter,pit latrine (out side),save tank , build with Bricks clay soil locally on 0.5 acre or advice how to do it

    • gideon sangut
      January 30, 2017 at 10:26 am

      i have half acre plot in eldoret ,want to build 1 storey 1bedroomed houses .pls advice on cost.

  2. Ahmed Guyo
    October 21, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Hi, I just wanted to know an estimate of building a bathroom? If you could email me back and let me know that would be nice, thank you.

    • October 21, 2014 at 7:33 am

      @guyo, bathrooms are around 1.5m by 3m=4.5m2. These can cost on average kes 135k depending on the size you opt for and the specifications of the bathroom fixtures.

  3. Joy
    November 20, 2014 at 5:56 pm


    Which building are you in?

  4. rose muchira
    December 31, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    a4architect, how much would it cost me to buld a two bedrooms house using the materials displayed on your photos.

  5. Samuel kitur
    June 5, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Hi Gichuhi,
    Kindly need to know the units and number of flats I can put up in an acre piece of land in kitengela. Plié email.


  6. Dinah
    November 23, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I am planning to buy a plot in machakos. It’s 22m by*20.3m in area. I would like to put up 1 bedroom flats to 5th floor. Am limited by it’s area coverage. Thaxs always for ur help.

  7. Peter Kamau
    January 12, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Kindly advise how much you would charge to design a 3 or 4 bedroomed country bungalow for cold area I have a farm in Limuru and would like to settle there
    Kind regards.

  8. wafa
    January 19, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Hi , i wanted to know the cost estimate of building a 6 bedroom bungalow of 2 floors with total of 250 m2 per floor in naivasha.

    As well as building a hotel of 50 rooms of in naivasha.

  9. George
    January 25, 2016 at 1:49 pm


    i would like to build a 3-4 bedroom house in kiserian on an 1/8
    please advise the total cost as well as the boq and best consturction phase…

    Kind regards,

  10. cheruiyot
    February 8, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I would like to know how many units of two bedroom house could be build in 50 by 100 plot and cost for each house, no floors in sotik.

  11. charles
    March 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    hi i wish to build a 3 bedroom house in ruai,how much would be the cost.a medium house.

  12. Eric
    March 15, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    many things determines the cost of building.if you have the plan give me the total area to be developed.

  13. nita
    April 18, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Is 6% inclusive of eng. Fees..mech. Eng. Elect. Eng..plumber..struc. Eng?

    • Patrick
      July 16, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Hi, these costs are just for the Architectural services. Its normally 12% if you involve all the design team i.e Architect/project manager, Quantity Surveyor, Structural engineer, Services engineer and Landscape Architect.

  14. hosea
    May 21, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I have a plot in Nairobi and I want to build a rentle houses Bt first I dnt have capital second I have land certificate..i was kindly asking how can you help me?

    • November 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      Hi Hosea, i hope these finds you well. did you managed to get finances or financier. if No, please send me an email

  15. Kelly Matano
    July 17, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I would like to construct two low rise rental flats on a 100 x 100 plot. Each flat to consist of 20 units of two bedrooms complete with underground parking. Please hook me up with a financier who is ready to provide 100% construction loan. The plot is in Mombasa near VOK, close to Malindi road and accessible via tarmac road while electricity and piped water is already available.

    • November 18, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Hi, Kelly Matano, did you got a financier? if no send me an email

      • naum jerop
        February 17, 2017 at 9:00 am

        i also need a financier i want to build in eldoret but have zero money…

  16. Peter kinungi
    July 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm


    My name is peter
    I live in embu, am currently looking for professional architect to help me plan a residential house i want to build. i own 0.1 hectare around embu municipality, my ideal house is a four bed house with two floors, built on not more that 35ft by 35ft . with a spacious master bedroom ensuite with balcony and a spacious lounge
    three bedrooms upper floor, guest bedroom ground floor

    kindly advice the specific estimate cost, necessary approvals and if the cost is inclusive of that, and when is a structural plan required by law or necessary

    Looking forward to your prompt response

    • james munyua
      October 22, 2016 at 10:28 am

      hi peter. did you get an architect to plan for you?

    • November 18, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Peter, i hope you are doing great. Did you gotten someone to offer you the services for the proposed development. if no you can send me an email

  17. Emanman David
    August 9, 2016 at 11:15 am

    how much does a four bed room mansion costs thanks

  18. Sudy M. Tsimna
    December 3, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I have a price of plot I would like to build some bedsitters for rental and I would like to get a financial assistance from your firm.Please advice.

  19. Mary
    December 8, 2016 at 6:25 am

    I have 3/4 acre plot that I would like to get a jv to construct flats or houses for sale,how can you help?

  20. Joe
    January 6, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Hello there,

    I own a small plot in Naivasha and would like to put up a 4 storey 2 bedroom and 1 bedroom apartments. Can someone please suggest a professional estimate of the cost that can be involved please. ALL COSTS. Including the Architec costs.

    With a figure in mind, I will work on getting a financier.


  21. naum jerop
    February 17, 2017 at 9:02 am

    i need financial help on construction loans

  22. Patrick
    June 12, 2017 at 6:17 am

    you are not answering clients questions

  23. Joseph
    August 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Do you have offices in Mombasa. Looking to renovate my Swahili house into three floor high rise flats. With studio flats and flats. The projected income is 118000.00 per month my neighbour has one. Have also done research myselg. I am looking for 100% financing. I live abroad but would like to invest in Kenya motherland. Whats the procedure. In getting 100% loan.

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