Background of National Council for Construction

National Council for Construction (NCC) is a statutory body set up under the National Council for Construction Act No. 13 of 2003 under the Laws of Zambia. Under this Law, NCC is charged with the responsibility of providing for the promotion, development, training and regulation of the Construction Industry in Zambia. In fulfilling its mandate, NCC undertakes the following activities:

  • Registration of contractors;
  • Registration of Manufactures and suppliers;
  • Registration of Projects;
  • Testing of construction materials;
  • Conducting research into the use of local construction materials;
  • Monitoring of contractors; and
  • Capacity building of medium and small scale contractors.
  • Functions of NCC

    The functions of NCC, according to the Act are to:

    • Promote and develop the construction industry in Zambia, and give priority to Zambian firms and Zambian companies;
    • Assess the performance of contractors in the execution of contracts and thus provide a performance record for contractors;
    • Regulate the behaviour and promote minimum standards and best practice of contractors;
    • Provide data on the size and distribution of contractors operating within the industry;
    • Facilitate, where possible, access by Zambian firms or Zambian Companies to resources for the development of their operations;
    • Promote, in liaison with other bodies in construction related fields, development issues relating to the construction industry;
    • Promote research into the construction and the development and use of local materials and appropriate construction materials;
    • In consultation with the National Housing Authority, the director in the Buildings Department and other bodies, promote the construction of affordable low cost and medium density housing;
    • Set and promote safety standards in the construction industry;
    • Prescribe and vary the categories for the registration of persons engaged in the construction industry;
    • Conduct training and coordinate the training programmes of persons engaged in the construction industry;
    • Make available to persons engaged in the construction industry, published information, advice and assistance in relation to the construction industry;
    • Monitor and evaluate, from time to time, the capacity and progress of persons engaged in the construction industry;
    • Promote and maintain competition among professionals or other persons engaged in the construction industry and promote efficiency and economy on the part of the professionals and persons so engaged;
    • Regulate activities in the construction industry through the appropriate institutions, Boards, and other authorities, as the case may be;
    • Coordinate construction related activities;
    • Formulate policies and programmes of the school;
    • Recommend to the Minister the conditions under which a foreign company may be registered and permitted to operate in Zambia;
    • Review, from time to time, the process of awarding contracts;
    • Standardize quality control, contract documentation, codes of practice, procurement processes, legal and contractual processes in liaison with other relevant bodies or organizations and in accordance with other written laws; and
    • Do all such acts or things are connected with or incidental to the functions of the council under this Act.