The National Construction Authority (NCA) has warned property developers against hiring unregistered contractors whom it blames for the rising cases of sub-standard buildings and building collapse in the country.

In a public notice issued by NCA Executive Director Mr. Maurice Akech, the industry regulator noted that persons masquerading as duly licensed service providers in the construction industry have been obtaining money by false pretense from members of the public under the guise of offering services or works for which they are not authorized to do.

“Note that the law requires that only registered professionals be allowed to offer design and related implementation services on construction projects, and engaging non-registered persons is not only in contravention of the law, but is also dangerous as it will produce poor quality construction work,” says Mr. Akech in the notice.

The Authority has advised members of the public to verify the standing of any contractor by visiting its website www.nca.go.ke. The registration status of a service provider can be verified by visiting the websites of respective registration board s i.e. Engineers Board of Kenya and the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors. Any person practicing without appearing on respective registers should be reported to the nearest police station or the EACC for appropriate action. The NCA was established through the National Construction Authority Act of 2011, to oversee all areas of construction including registering contractors to ensure only competent service providers are allowed to undertake construction works in the country.