An electrical contract includes scope of services, payment schedule, time of completion, permits and liability insurance. For large projects, an electrical contract may include sections on order changes and location of construction documents. Electrical contracts also include a space at the top for contractor and client information and project address, and at the bottom for signatures and a notary seal.
An electrical contract first states the work to be performed, then delineates the scope of the contractor's services. The contract establishes a payment schedule, which may be by lump sum or by progress billing. The contract includes the date by which the work is required to be completed and usually indemnifies the contractor from unforeseeable circumstances that may affect the date.
A professional electrical contract also includes a summary of the contractor's standard safety practices and a section regarding liability insurance. The contract also states the cost of the project permit and specifies which party pays it. Contracts for large projects often provide the location of contract documents, along with the architect's company name and contact information. It also discusses financial responsibility for additional services or changes to the plans.
An electrical contract bears a notary seal beneath the signatures of contractor and owner if the electrician is working independently. If the electrician is working as a subcontractor, the notarization is included in the general contractor's contract with the owner, and it does not need to be on the electrical subcontract. An electrical contract is always signed and dated by the electrical contractor and either the owner or the general contractor.