Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee

Welcome to EJCDC’s official website. Documents published by the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC®) are the highest quality standard documents specifically written for infrastructure projects in the United States. Delivered in user friendly MSWord, EJCDC documents are a cost effective solution that can be customized to suit your project.

NEW! The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development has preapproved the use of a select group of standard EJCDC engineering and construction series documents for use in projects funded under the RUS Water and Waste Disposal program as described in RUS Bulletin1780-26. Please note that Bulletin 1780-26 was updated on 6/20/2020 to preapprove the use of a group of the 2018 edition of the C Series documents and the use of the 2014 edition of E - 500.

EJCDC has just released the 2020 editions of E-500 Agreement Between Owner and Engineer for Professional Service and E-570 Agreement Between Engineer and Subconsultant for Professional Services.  Read the Press Releases here.  

EJCDC has  published C-001 Commentary on the 2018 Construction Series Documents.  C-001 Commentary on the 2018 Construction Series Documents contains in depth descriptions of each of the 25 documents in the series and explains their use.  It includes definitions of terms, cross references and abbreviations and a detailed discussion of terms and conditions.  C-001 explains how to use each document during the construction process.  There is also a discussion of the Contract for Construction of a Small Project.

EJCDC recently released the 2019 edition of the EJCDC® Procurement Series Documents.The new edition of the Procurement Series includes 10 documents to use when purchasing materials and equipment for an Engineered Design and Construction project.  Read the press release for the 2019 Procurement Series Documents here.

EJCDC published the 2018 edition of the Construction Series Documents. The new edition of the Construction Series documents incorporates changes that bring them up-to-date with current business practices, which you can review in the Summary of Changes to 2018 C Documents.  Read the 2018 Construction Series Press Release.  NEW!  View the in-depth presentation on the Construction Documents given at ABA Construction Forum Webinar in June 2019.  

EJCDC has released the highly anticipated 2016 edition of The EJCDC Design-Build Family of Documents.  The 2016 edition represents a substantial revision to the Design-Build Family.  

The addition of nine completely new documents, including a Progressive Design agreement, a Request for Qualifications, and a Request for Proposals, brings the family to the leading-edge of twenty-first century business practices.  Read more details in the Press Release of the 2016 edition of the Design-Build Family of Documents. .   Buy the documents in the EJCDC store.  The best value is the complete set for half of the one-at-a-time price.  

The newly released, updated editions of Engineering Series: E-560-564-568-530 are consultant agreements between the Engineer and its specialty consultants.  All follow the 2014 edition of EJCDC® E-570 as closely as the unique nature of each specialty service allows.  Updates to these documents can be found here: Summary of ChangesE-530,560,564,568.

EJCDC recently released a brand new document, the 2014 edition of P3-508, Public-Private Partnership Agreement. As a pioneering document in the United States, EJCDC® P3-508 was developed following reviews of dozens of P3 agreements already in use, and with the advice of owners, attorneys, financiers, developers, contractors, and design professionals experienced with P3 delivery both in the United States and abroad.

Our consulting engineering firm was nearly 100 years old and over that time we had developed,what we considered to be very good agreements. An expensive lawsuit proved us wrong.Since that we used EJCDC® Agreements without any significant problems.

Don Eckman

Retired Professional Engineer

KJ has used EJCDC® documents for all types of contracts, for public and private projects, and for various project delivery systems because we believe EJCDC® documents are well-written, well-organized, and complete. EJCDC documents fairly allocate risk to the parties involved in construction and fully cover more topics, particularly relative to public work, than do other standard-form contract documents. EJCDC documents are familiar to and acceptable to our clients and the contractors who typically work for them.

Gerard P. Cavaluzzi, Esq.,

Vice President/General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, Inc. Offices Nationwide

Through our Loss Prevention and Education programs including The XL Insurance Contract Guide for Design Professionals, the Design Professional group of XL Insurance continues to educate our insureds on the importance of appropriate, insurable contract language for engineering services, which is why we support and work with professional organizations like the EJCDC®.

Albert Rabasca

Director of Industry Relations, Design Professional, XL Insurance.

New!! Please note: As of April 14, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has preapproved a select group of EJCDC’s 2013 Construction Series Documents for use on projects funded under the RUS Water and Waste Disposal program as described in RUS_2014_Bulletin_1780-26. The selection of RUS preapproved documents is available in the online store under the USDA Rural Utility Service Preapproved documents category.

EJCDC®Documents:

  • Are created and peer-reviewed by experienced industry experts
  • Reduce conflicts and litigation
  • Contain balanced and fair provisions
  • Are published in user-friendly MS Word format and easily customizable
  • Are the most-thorough and best-organized standard documents available

Each EJCDC Contract Document is systematically prepared, reviewed and analyzed by committees of experienced engineering design and construction professionals, owners, contractors, professional liability and risk management experts, with the participation and advice of legal counsel. For more than 40 years, EJCDC® has been developing and endorsing quality contract documents and encouraging their use through education and promotion.

The Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC®) is a coalition of stakeholders in the project delivery process who develop and endorse quality contract documents. EJCDC is a joint venture of three major organizations of professional engineers including:

  • The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers – Construction Institute (ASCE)

EJCDC has existed since 1975 to develop and update fair and objective standard documents that represent the latest and best thinking in contractual relations between all parties involved in engineering design and construction projects. EJCDC represents a major portion of the professional groups engaged in the practice of providing engineering and construction services for engineer-led constructed projects, and includes the participation of more than 15 other professional engineering design, construction, owner, legal, and risk management organizations.

EJCDC encourages the use of its standard contract documents for the benefit of all parties involved in engineering design and construction projects. Any change or modification to the language of a document should be reviewed by legal counsel before using. Users should also be aware that a change in one document may affect related documents and should be coordinated in order to avoid confusing or conflicting language.

Events & Expos

The second meeting of EJCDC’s Full Committee in 2020 will take place on a virtual format. More details are forthcoming.