OD -

Owner or Developer of project

PD -

Project Director, Owner's representative


Lead Architect or Consultant


Project Construction Manager

JA -

Jurisdictional Authorities

denotes primary responsibility

denotes significant supporting responsibility

Published here July, 2002.

Introduction | Pre-Project Study | Concept Phase
Concept Development | Schematic Design | Final Design | Tender & Award
Construction | Project Commissioning & Finishing


As a contribution to Building Practice Guidelines, these Linear Responsibility Chart templates list the typical tasks involved in a building project according to its phase or stage. Each entry recommends who should take the lead and who else should be providing significant support for each task. The tasks should be modified or augmented to suit the particular construction project and the needs of its participants.

In a well developed team, all will participate to some degree. Nevertheless, on a project it is essential for the project manager to identify who will be accountable for initiating, conducting and concluding each and every task.

The charts illustrate how:

  1. Every task can be identified and assigned to a single point responsibility
  2. The project can and should be divided into phases and stages, each separated by a financial 'control gate' or decision point for control purposes
  3. This process builds on the standard project management generic life cycle, and
  4. Project management can and should be distinguished from the management of the project's technology.

It is worth noting that experience shows that any omissions or errors of judgment in one phase can cost an order of magnitude higher (i.e. approximately ten times as much) to conduct or rectify in each succeeding phase. This is typically due to the likely need to suspend, back track and rework other related activities that would normally follow.


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