Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)

Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)

Construction plays a vital role in South Africa’s economic and social development. It provides the physical infrastructure and backbone for economic activity. It is also a large-scale provider of employment.

All contractors wishing to tender for construction projects in the public sector must be registered with the CIDB. Home building is excluded from the CIDB’s scope of work, which falls within the mandate of the National Home Builders Regulatory Council (NHBRC). Contractors working within the public sector housing projects field therefore do not need to be registered on the CIDB Register of Contractors.

Clients must register their projects on the CIDB Register of Projects. Registration is required for projects exceeding R200,000.00 in value in the public sector and projects exceeding R10 million in value in the private sector and state-owned entities.

This article discusses the Contractor Application Requirements for the CIDB.

Application forms must be completed in full and sent to the CIDB together with all required supporting documents. All applications must be submitted on an approved registration form, which may be collected at any of CIDB Provincial Offices nationwide or downloaded from the website at

Follow the steps below when applying for registration at the CIDB.

• Read the guidance pages on the application form.
• Ensure that you understand what is required for the grade that you are applying for.
• Complete the relevant sections of the application form.
• Use the checklist in the application form to see if you have attached all the required documents.
• Submit the form together with supporting documents and proof of payment.

Keep a copy of the registration form and supporting documents for your records.

Contact details

All contact details must be provided. These details will be used in all correspondence with you after the grading has been granted. Ensure that details are updated should they change after the application has been lodged.

Details of the person responsible for liaising with the register must be provided.

Application forms that are not properly filled in and that do not have all the necessary supporting documents will result in delays.

Always ensure that your supporting documents are not outdated or invalid. A certified copy must always have an original stamp and signature of the Commissioner of Oaths.

Ensure that your application is accompanied by all documents required for the specific grade for which you are applying and the correct particulars are provided.

Non-Compliant applications

Contractors whose applications are considered as non-compliant have a 60 days grace period in which to submit the outstanding documents. Failure to comply will result in cancellation of the application.

Registration Fees

Applications must be accompanied by proof of payment of administration fees (for all grades) as well as annual fees (for grades 2 and higher). A contractor applying for more than one grade in Grades 2 to 9 only needs to pay the annual fees for the highest grade, but is required to pay an admin fee per class of works applied for.

NOTE: The administration fee is non-refundable (for both compliant and non-compliant applications).

The costs are given in the table below:

Permitted methods of payment:

• Direct Deposit;
• Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT);
• Credit / Debit Card at the CIDB Offices.

Contractors already registered with the CIDB should use their registration number (CRS Number) as the reference.
Contractors applying to be registered with the CIDB for the first time should use their legal enterprise name as reference when making a payment.

A future article will discuss the requirements for applications linked to Grades 1 to 9.