NCA Kenya: Registration of contractors with the National Construction Authority

Home » Knowledge » NCA Kenya: Registration of contractors with the National Construction Authority

In Kenya NCA regulations allow a contractor to register in one or more categories according to class of construction works to be undertaken, Below are NCA Kenya registration requirements. But first a little background

The National Construction Authority in short NCA Kenya is a body constituted under Act No. 41 of 2011 Laws of Kenya. Contractors operating or willing to undertake construction operations in Kenya are required by law to register through the  NCA.

NCA is mandated to clear Kenya builders and contractors as a way of eliminating rogue contractors and malpractices in building and construction. The authority, which has recently started inspecting construction and building projects around the country to ensure high quality of work and close projects posing health risks and collapse hazards, is expected to provide the regulatory framework for registration and renewal of contractors.

5 steps to register as a contractor with NCA Kenya
  • Register with Registrar of Companies: Each contractor is required to hold a certificate of incorporation from the Registrar of Companies in Kenya. This will mean they register as a legal company in the country as a limited liability, sole proprietorship or as a partnership company.
  • In this respect, the National Construction Authority will also require that one of the technical directors of the registered company have minimal technical qualification, have skills or possess experience in a field related to construction. All the directors must also forward their CVs to the National Construction Authority.
  • Valid PIN, VAT and Income Tax compliance certificates, and Bank Account: The contractor applying to operate in Kenya must also prove tax compliance by means of submitting these documents to National Construction Authority (NCA). The bank account should be opened under name of the contractor company and evidence for the bank account is required.
  • Foreign contractors are issued with permission to operate for a specific period of time and will be required to prove that they are in the country for that given to undertake a project. They should not undertake another project after the one specified or targeted is completed and they will be required to launch an affidavit with the authority that this will not happen.
  • Foreign contractors willing to operate in Kenya are also required to submit a commitment to transfer skills not with locals and as can be determined by National Construction Authority from time to time.

A Certificate of Registration is issued on registration as a contractor in Kenya.

Contractor classification/grades 

NCA regulations allow a Kenyan contractor to register in one or more categories according to class of construction works to be undertaken.

NCA1: Unlimited contract value: which has various classes: Unlimited contract value [Contractors – Building] Unlimited contract value [Specialist Contractors] Unlimited contract value [Roads and other Civil Works]

NCA2: Up to 500, 000, 000 [Contractors – Building], Up to 250, 000, 000 [Specialist Contractors], Up to 750, 000, 000 [Roads and other Civil Works].

NCA3: Up to 300, 000, 000 [Contractors – Building] Up to 150, 000, 000 [Specialist Contractors] Up to 500, 000, 000 [Roads and other Civil Works]

NCA4: Up to 200, 000, 000 [Contractors – Building] Up to 100, 000, 000 [Specialist Contractors] Up to 300, 000, 000 [Roads and other Civil Works]

NCA5: Up to 100, 000, 000 [Contractors – Building] Up to 50, 000, 000 [Specialist Contractors] Up to 200, 000, 000 [Roads and other Civil Works]

NCA6: Up to 50, 000, 000 [Contractors – Building] Up to 20, 000, 000 [Specialist Contractors] Up to 100, 000, 000 [Roads and other Civil Works]

NCA7: Up to 20, 000, 000 [Contractors – Building] Up to 10, 000, 000 [Specialist Contractors] Up to 50, 000, 000 [Roads and other Civil Works]

Registration fees 

Local contractors in Kenya will be required to pay a fee of Ksh. 10, 000 – 50, 000 depending on category in order to register. License renewal costs are valued at between Ksh. 5, 000 and Ksh. 10, 000. Between Ksh. 5, 000 and 10, 000 will be required for annual renewal of license.

Foreign contractors willing to register with National Construction Authority to operate in Kenya are required to pay a registration fee of Ksh. 100, 000 and must undertake only tenders they win. Those registering under a temporary registration will need to commit to sub-contracting “not less that 30% of the value” of contract to local contractors.

Foreign contractors are not cleared for the NCA1 category, in an attempt to protect local contractors from foreign companies.

The application documents are available on the NCA website.

18 thoughts on “NCA Kenya: Registration of contractors with the National Construction Authority”

  1. Je suis entrepreneurs en bâtiment en Tunisie j’aime aller au Kenya pour construire des maisons

  2. hello I need to register my company ‘kipsimat building construction company’where will I get registration form?

  3. we at caravaan specialized powers sustem Ltd. we are electrical installation company, we would like to register our company in NCA KENYA, CAN WE GET GUIDENS HOW TO GO ABOUT IT. WE ARE TWO PATNERS NAMES KHATRY MOHAMED NOORMOHAMED AND JOHN KAHIU GACHIGI. WISHING HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021 WITH PROSPERITY. AMEEN. REGARD TO ALL AT NCA.



  4. My name is Willie, am a consultant in Kenya giving these services to both govt and private sector, I hope you can find the link here below helpful for your queries.

  5. I have been working in Ruanda as a company supervisor for the last 15 years, now I want to come back and open construction company. what are the requirement?

  6. We were registered as NCA2 contractor upto 2016.
    Since then we have been re-oganising our company and hence did not renew our NCA certificate.
    Our company has now diversified to HVAC and wish to apply for registration under that categeory.
    Kindly advice on the way forward.

  7. As a private citizen , am i supposed to apply for project development certificate yet i have a qualified contractor building my residential home

  8. There are no barriers for interested persons in this industry just remember standards ,ethics,passion of the job and God before everything ama?

  9. Hello, the contractor would be required to show evidence of the company’s improvement. For example, show proof of more projects done, if there are any additional staff as well as audited accounts. Basically showing proof of the company growth and its capacity improvement.
    Kindly also visit their website where you will find all the information you need. For your request in particular visit the contractor registration tab for the requirements

  10. A want to start a renovation company,in which category am i qualify to apply to and what are the requirements?

  11. I want to be dealing with supply of construction materials, I’m a local, which category I’m i required to fit, I’ve already registered a company with our local authority.

    Peter for Apparent Business Solutions LTD

Comments are closed.