In order to undertake and execute Building and Civil Engineering projects in the Republic of Cyprus, the company needs to register at the Contractor's Register and obtain an annual licence by the Council for the Registration and Control of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors.
In the case of partnerships, contracts for the execution of a building or civil engineering project must be concluded in the name of at least one member of this partnership who is a registered contractor and holder of an annual licence for the class and category of the project which is to be undertaken. The partnership does not need to obtain any additional licence other than the individual licence of one or more members of the partnership (see Building and Civil Engineering Contractors Practice).
The term "contractor" refers to an individual, or body corporate, which by profession undertakes to execute or executes a building or civil engineering project (including the commissioning of labour only) against a specified sum or percentage remuneration or against any other lawful consideration except for a salary or for his own exploit or for any other use or purpose.
Specifically, the "civil engineering project" refers to the erection or construction, or extension, or alteration, or repair of any work, which technically belongs to the field of civil engineering and which is not a building project, and includes roadworks, the construction of bridges, tunnels, dams, drains, harbour works, airports, sewers, drainage, water and irrigation works, beach protection works, quarrying and mining works but does not include fencing and retaining wall constructions of a height not exceeding 150 cm, the digging out of ditches of up to 80 cm in depth and the laying out of pipes of less than 10 cm in diameter unless the Council deems that it is a civil engineering project of a specific class on account of the project's nature and special features.
Whereas, the "building project" refers to: