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Ownership of Materials in Construction Projects

The lingering effects of the 2020 pandemic on supply chain and more recent inflationary pressures on price certainty may motivate contractors and owners to make advance purchase of high volume or high costs items before construction activities commence on-site. This article describes the basic legal principles governing the determination of ownership in construction contracts with respect to materials, which principles can guide parties when making contractual arrangements that are out of the ordinary involving advance purchase and/or temporary off-site storage.

As published in the NRCA’s Northern Construction Connection October 2023 Newsletter, and VICA’s e-New.

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