What is a Reasonable Time for Review of Submittals?

Submittal, review and approval of shop drawings, descriptive literature, samples and other information is an inherent part of construction. For contractors, the process poses the risk of delay. Sometimes the contractor cannot proceed with the work without a response from the project owner or its representative. How much time should be allowed before it becomes a compensable delay?

Construction contracts seldom stipulate the amount of time allowed for turn-around of submittals. This is understandable because submittals vary greatly in their complexity. Most contracts simply state a standard of reasonableness. The AIA documents refer to “such reasonable promptness as to cause no delay to the Work.” Other contract forms use similar language. To read the complete article, see:


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