Construction Development Board

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The CDB has the mandate to register Consultants. However, Governments & Corporations Employees are not eligible to obtain Consultants Certificate. It shall maintain a register of Consultants who wish to provide consultancy services in construction Industry and only those registered with CDB shall be permitted to practice consultancy service in Bhutan. As decided during the 38th Board Meeting & 3rd Annual Engineering Conference, the need to revive registration of Consultants related to the construction Industry is felt necessary.


To promote greater professionalism and accountability, a system for identifying and registering qualified Consultants has been introduced as one of the responsibilities of the Construction Development Board (CDB). All Consultants who wish to participate in the construction sector in Bhutan must first be registered with the CDB. The CDB shall maintain a register of Consultants who wish to provide Consultancy services in construction Industry.

To begin with a very simple registration system, which can provide basic information of Consultants such as their technical qualifications, past experience etc. will be established. It is not the intention of the CDB to use the registration system as classification system to assess a Consultant's capacity to perform specific assignment. It is left up to the procuring agencies to use the information provided in their evaluation of potential Consultants. The requirements will vary greatly with the nature of the projects. The specific requirements will be established and assessed in the tender documents during the bidding stage of those projects. All governmental agencies will be required to use the authorized tender documents for Consultant selection (Procurement Manual)

Types of Consultant

The construction industry employs a variety of different consultants such as architects, structural engineers, soils investigators, HVAC specialists, landscape architects, town planners and so on. Each service is a different professional specialization requiring its own registration criteria.

The following are the list of consultancy services related to construction industry that needs to be registered with CDB:- 

  1. Civil Engineering Services;

  2. Electrical Engineering Services;

  3. Architectural Services and

  4. Surveying Services


The classifications are further sub-divided into the following categories. 

1. Civil Engineering Services: This Service shall be registered under the following categories:

     C1: Structural Design

     C2: Geo-Tech Studies

     C3: Social & Environment Studies

     C4: Roads, Bridges, Building & Air Ports

     C5: Irrigation, Hydraulics, Water Supply, Sanitation, Sewerage & Solid Waste

     C6: Construction Management & Site Supervision

     C7: Water Resources & Hydro Power Projects

2. Architectural Services: This Services shall be registered under the following categories:

     A1: Architectural & Interior Design

     A2: Urban Planning

     A3: Land Scaping & Site Development

3. Electrical Engineering Services: This Services shall be registered under the following categories:

     E1: Investigation & Design of Hydro Project

     E2: Operation & Maintenance of Hydro Power Plant

     E3: Urban & Rural Electrification, Transmission Line,Communication & Scada

     E4: Construction Management & Site Supervision

     E5: Sub-Station

     E6: Energy Efficiency Services

     E7: House Wiring

4. Surveying Services: This Services shall be registered under the following categories:

    S1: Cadastral Surveying

    S2: Topographical Surveying, Topographical Control Surveying, Engineering Surveying, Cartography

    S3: Bathymetric Surveying

    S4: Geodetic Surveying, Precision Levelling

    S5: Photogrammetric Surveying

    S6: GIS, Remote Sensing

    S7: Survey Instrument Calibration, Maintenance and Certification services

How to Register


A Consultant, who wishes to be registered with CDB, shall apply online application to the CDB Secretariat, which can be done from cdb web site : www.cdb.gov.bt (e-Zotin) or https://www.citizenservices.gov.bt

Certificate of Registration

The CDB Secretariat shall process the application and if it meets the requirements for registration, the Certificate of Registration will be issued which is valid for a period of two years from the date of issuance. A Consultant shall apply for renewal of his Certificate of Registration within thirty days before its expiry date. 

Privileges of Registration

A Consulting Firm or individual Consultant registered with the CDB shall be eligible to apply for a Trade License to practice in Bhutan. A Consulting Firm/individual who has both registered with CDB as well as obtained a Trade License shall only be permitted to practice in the construction Industry in Bhutan subject to the limits of their technical and Financial capacities, which shall be evaluated by the concerned procuring agency.

Requirements for Registration

Minimum requirements shall be applied to avoid deterioration of standards of the Construction Industry. The detail of requirements for each Service is as shown below:

Technical Capability

The minimum requirements for qualification of Technical Capability are determined by the following factor:

  1. Human Resources (Key personnel)

2.1a. Minimum Requirements : Human Resources (Permanent Personnel) Assessment:


Civil Engineering Services

C1 & C4



C5 & C6



Degree Engineer

1 (Civil)

1 (Geo-Tech)

1 (Social Science/ Environmental)


1 (Civil)


Diploma Engineer




1 (Civil)









Minimum Number of Employees







2.1b. Minimum Requirements : Human Resources (Permanent Personnel) Assessment:


Architectural Services



A1, A2 & A3

Architect (Bhutanese) Masters/Degree



Minimum number of Employees



2.1c. Minimum Requirements: Human Resources (Permanent Personnel) Assessment:


Electrical Engineering Services



E1 & E2

E3 & E4

E5 & E6


Graduate Engineer

1 (Electr)

1 (Civil)

1 (Mechanical)

1 (Hydrologist) 

1 (Electrical)

1 (Electrical)



Diploma Engineer


1 (Civil)

1 (Civil)

1 (Electrical)


Minimum number of Employees






Following documents shall be submitted to authenticate information on all employees/key personnel against table 2.1a, 2.1b and 2.1c above:

  1. Latest undertaking letter with legal stamp

  2. Academic Transcripts

  3. Copy of CID Card

  4. Valid permit issued from the Immigration & Census for non-national

  5. Other relevant documents/information to demonstrate competence.

Fee Schedule:

  1. A consultant who is issued a new Certificate of Registration shall pay the fee of Nu. 3000.00 per category.

  2. A Consultant who is issued a re-validation Certificate of Registration shall pay the fee of Nu. 1500.00 per category.

  3. A Consultant who wish to avail additional category shall pay the fee of Nu. 3000.00 per category.

  4. A Consultant who does not renew their Certificate within the expiry date shall levy a penalty of Nu. 100.00 per day.

  5. Validity of Certificate is two years from the issue date.

  6. Grace period of one month (30 days) shall be permitted from the expiry date for re-validation of Certificate.

  7. The CDB may revise the fees as and when necessary after endorsement from the Board Members and subsequent approval from the government after giving prior notice in the Media & news paper.

Mode of Payment:

All fees shall be payable in cash in accordance with the procedures specified in the Financial manual, the Royal Government of Bhutan. Fees are non-refundable.

Monitoring of the Registered Consultant's Performance:

The CDB shall update the history of the Registered Consultants from time to time upon received of written information from the Firms. The Consultants are expected to maintain high professional ethics and perform their services to the best of their ability with sound professional judgment. Those with poor performance history and having adverse records may be refused for re-validation. 



Structural Design (C1): Includes design of all Civil Engineering infrastructures like buildings, bridges, workshops, airports, roads, sports, walls, stadiums, dams, tunnels, studios, towers, irrigation channels, etc.

Geo-Tech Studies (C2): Includes studies related to earth materials, sub-surface explorations assessments and design capabilities using an extensive sub-surface database. Geophysical surveys, Geology and soil mechanics, Geotechnical construction services to support new construction projects, i.e, value Engineering, review and sample testing, laboratory testing for soil modification, evaluation of foundation bearing conditions and Mine studies.

Social & Environmental Studies (C3): Includes preparation of Environment Impact assessment, Environment Management plan, Feasibility study and remedial design to help determine an effective approach to remediate a site, air quality assessment, climate studies, and wetland delineation reports.

Roads, Bridges, Buildings & Airports (C4): Includes all required studies of the roads, bridges, building and airports.

Irrigation, Hydraulics, Water supply, Sanitation, Sewerage & Solid Waste (C5): Includes studies and design works related to irrigation, Hydraulics, water supply, sanitation, fire hydrants, sewerage and solid waste. It also includes sanitary drainage system, sewer structures, infiltration gallery, raw water intake studies, raw water transmission piping design, water treatment facility design, water transport and storage, feasibility and financial reports, capacity analysis reports, ground well design etc.

Construction Management & Site Supervision (C6): Includes the provision of professional expertise in Contract Management and supervision of the construction project site carrying out the responsibilities of project control systems, inspection & quality assurance, dispute avoidance & resolution, construction design reviews, cost estimating and evaluation, construction CPM scheduling etc. It also includes preparation of tender documents for procurement of goods & works, post contract management expertise in implementation of Contracts. 

Water Resources & Hydro Power Projects (C7): Includes studies and design works on hydraulic structures, flood protection surveys, potential flood control measure identification, floodwall restoration design and hydro power plants. Design of hydro power structures like dam, tunnel, powerhouse, open channels, desilting chambers, fish ladders etc.



Architectural & Interior Design (A1): It deals with design of individual buildings, a group of buildings, its looks, aesthetics, designing its area program and utility. Interior design usually deals with the interiors of the building which includes interior space design, lighting, furniture, sitting arrangement, acoustic design etc.

Urban Planning (A2): It deals on a much larger scale. It covers more than acres of land and requires more of planners. It is on a city scale planning, like planning the urban spaces into residential, commercial, institutional, parking spaces, highway design etc.

Land Scaping & Site Development (A3): It deals usually with the developing of sites and making it beautiful. It can be on a small as well as on a larger scale. It usually plans the planting of trees, flowers, integrating water bodies, play ground, children park etc.



Investigation & Design of Hydropower Project (E1): Includes identification & screening of potential sites. Alternative studies on topographical survey and mapping. Geological, Geo-technical & Environmental studies, power potential & optimization studies. Construction scheduling, methodology and equipment planning, cost estimation and financial analysis, tender engineering process. It also includes Engineering & design of civil, Electro Mechanical, and Hydro Mechanical equipment. Preparation of technical specifications, Engineering drawings, Environmental and Socio Economic studies.

Operation & Maintenance of Hydro power plants (E2): Includes estimating & budgeting, start up and commissioning services. Operating procedures and long term plant operation, safety and quality control programmes. Inventory control and procurement services, plant improvements and upgrade. Replacement of parts and field engineering services, performance testing and plant life assessment, equipment condition assessment, enterprise system management, annual reviews and audits.

Urban & Rural Electrifications, Transmission line, Communication & Scada (E3): Includes cost estimation, preparation of Bill of quantities (BoQ), design & Engineering for equipment, lines & accessories. It also includes detailed study of demand & supply, route survey & planning for layout, site preparation & project management.

Construction Management & Site Supervision (E4): Includes the provision of professional expertise in Contract Management and supervision of the construction project site carrying out the responsibilities of project control systems, inspection & quality assurance, dispute avoidance & resolution, construction design reviews, cost estimating and evaluation, construction CPM scheduling etc. It also includes preparation of tender documents for procurement of goods & works, post contract management expertise in implementation of Contracts.

Sub-Station (E5): Includes cost estimation, preparation of Bill of Quantities (BoQ), design & Engineering, site planning, site selection & equipment layouts. online diagrams & construction drawings, site supervision & project Management.

Energy Efficiency Services (E6): Includes solar energy, bio-mass energy etc. and efficiency studies to assess energy efficiency opportunities including financial evaluation. It also includes engineering for cost efficient design, building daylight modeling, energy performance modeling, lighting system design, analysis of day lighting, natural ventilation, end use assessments to identify energy savings opportunities & construction management of efficiency upgrades.

House wiring (E7): Includes Planning, design & cost estimation of electrical wiring & cabling including house plan.

Guideline for Registration of Surveyors and Spatial Science Professionals in Bhutan

A. Registration

  1. The Governing Council shall appoint a Board of Registration who will function for a period of three years. 

  2. In qualifying Members as Fellows members, Ordinary Members, and Allied members, the Board of Registration shall only consider the certified qualifications of applicants, and specifically whether those qualifications are recognized in the country of issue, in that country’s Institute of Geospatial Science/surveying as a prerequisite for full membership.

B. Category of Individual

There shall be four categories of ordinary and Fellow members with their respective qualifications in any of discipline under each category as follows:

  1. Expert:

    1. At least masters and above in the field of surveying and spatial sciences; or

    2. Professionals plus courses six months and above.

  2. Professional:

    1. Other Degree holders in surveying and spatial sciences.

    2. Bachelors in Geomatics/Geoinformatics; or

    3. Bachelors in GIS and RS;

    4. Bachelors in Surveying;

    5. 500 course;

  3. Diploma:

    1. Other Diploma holders in surveying and spatial sciences.

    2. 400 Course; or

    3. Diploma in Surveying and Spatial Sciences;

  4. Certificate:

    1. Other Certificate holders in surveying and spatial sciences.

    2. Cadastral Surveying one year and above; or

    3. Certificate in surveying and spatial sciences one year and above;

    4. 150 course;

C.  Field of Specialization

There shall be twelve field of specialization as follows:

  1. Cadastral Surveying;

  2. Topographical Surveying;

  3. Topographical Control Surveying;

  4. Geodetic Surveying;

  5. Levelling;

  6. Engineering Surveying;

  7. GIS;

  8. Cartography;

  9. Remote Sensing;

  10. Photogrammetric Surveying;

  11. Bathymetric Surveying; or

  12. Surveying Instrument Calibration

D. Category of Firms

There shall be seven categories of Survey Firms as follow:

S1: Cadastral:

  1. Cadastral Surveying.

S2: Topographic:

  1. Topographical Surveying;

  2. Topographical Control Surveying:

  3. Engineering Surveying; and

  4. Cartography.

S3: Bathymetric:

  1. Bathymetric Surveying.

S4: Geodetic & Precision:

  1. Geodetic Surveying; and

  2. Precision Levelling.

S5: Photogrammetric:

  1. Photogrammetric Surveying.

S6: GIS & Remote Sensing:

  1. GIS; and

  2. Remote Sensing.

S7: Instrument Calibration, maintenance and certification:

  1. Instrument Calibration, maintenance and certification services.

Registration Requirement for Survey Firm


Job Category




Human Resource Required

Equipment Required




1. Cadastral Surveying

Minimum Diploma field of specialization with Certified Cadastral Surveyor: 2

Total Station (3 sec or better): 1 set


GNSS RTK: 1 set




2. Topographical Surveying

3. Topographical Control Surveying

4. Engineering Surveying

5. Cartography

Minimum Diploma in field of specialization: 1

Certificate in field of specialization: 1


GNSS/RTK: 1 set

Total Station (5 sec or better): 1 set

Levelling instrument: 1


Total station for S1 can be used for S2 but Total station in S2 cannot be used for S1.



10. Bathymetric Surveying


Survey Instrument: 1




6. Geodetic Surveying

7. Precision Levelling


Minimum professional in field of specialization: 1


Survey Grade GNSS: 4

Precision Levelling instrument: 1

Licensed GNSS Data Processing & adjustment Software: 1




8. Photogrammetric Surveying


Licensed Photogrammetric software: 1




11. GIS

12. Remote Sensing





9. Survey Instrument Calibration, maintenance and certification services

Minimum diploma in field of specialization: 1


Established collimator: 1



Footnote: Field of Specialization must correspond to specialization mentioned in third column of this table.