Confirmation of verbal instruction

A sample template for confirmation of verbal instruction.

Under the JCT 2005 Standard Building Contract there is the facility for instructions to be issued orally by the architect/contract administrator as well as in writing. In this situation the contractor is to confirm the oral instruction (more commonly referred to as a verbal instruction) to the architect/contract administrator within seven days of receiving the verbal instruction. If the architect/contract administrator does not dissent from that confirmation within seven days from receipt of the written confirmation, the instruction then takes effect (as confirmed under clause 3.12.2).

Oral confirmation sheets (also referred to as confirmation of verbal instruction, or CVI sheets) are frequently used by contractors operating under this (and similar forms of contract).