Cost of Building Plans And Blue Prints In Jamaica

by Deverton

Question About: “General fees associated with building plans (blue print drawings) in Jamaica and also a list of local architects from which to choose”

Hi Wellesley, My name is Deverton and I live in the USA. Can you tell me what are the general fees associated with blue print drawing also can you pleas post a list of local architects from which I can choose?
Many thanks.

Answer by Shaneil Jackson, contributed

Hi Deverton, Thanks for asking!

There is usually not a standard fee that local architects charge when designing a house. Blueprint fees vary depending on a number of factors, including the location/area you desire to build.

For e.g., if the land is located in a Urban vs a Rural area;

Urban area, which are usually in a city, is more developed, easy access to more utilities, resources and travelling, populated, and have a variety of social activities are typically more expensive.

Another factor they take into consideration is the detail of design you would like to have. A smaller/simple house may cost much less to design in comparison to a larger house.

Some Architect may also charge based on the amount of work and time that is required to complete your dream house, even so while others charge by the square feet.

Editor's Note:
Damar: "I set up a site over at

Well I cant speak for everybody but the my fees are 0.6 USD per sqft or 75 JMD.

Fees are base on the complexity of the design mainly because some complex designs require consultation from Engineers."

The above is a note from one of our local architects, who happen to be, like you, a big fan of this

It is worth noting as well that the experience of the local architect can play a significant role as well; For example, recent graduates vs a seasoned professional.

And another important point as well Deverton!

Do consider that Architects and Contractors work separately. Meaning; in most cases architects are responsible for the designing of your house only.

This includes: front, right, left and back elevations, electrical, plumbing and steel work plan etc., while the contractor responsibilities includes reading the blueprints. And remember, not all mason/work men are able read a blueprint effectively, so it is recommended to have a certified contractor.

Other roles of a contractor includes instructing workers, finding workmen, cabinet makers, steel men, basically ensuring everything goes according to the blueprint, which helps to prevent extra expense for correcting, simple errors etc.

One final point is that upon the completion of your blueprint, it is required by law for your blueprint to be assess by the Tax Administration of Jamaica!

Your plan must first be appraised and approved to ensure that it meets the various requirements before any form of construction can take place.

For a complete list of certified local architects in Jamaica, click here. Good luck! And thanks again for your question.

I’m also providing a listing of other key links you may require:

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Feb 15, 2016
Building Cost & Blue Prints
by: Anonymous

Howdy do Wellesley,

I found your response article to this request quite informative. Its absolutely amazing how answers provided for one person can means so much to so many others.

Keep up the good work and thank you!

Wellesley's Note
Thank you my friend. Gld to be the facilitator.

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