Public Contracts Regulations 2015 - 30 Day Payment Rule

This guide is to provide you with the update to the 30-day payment rule on public sector contracts. The requirements for the rule in effect are outlined below and some examples are given to help better understand the process.

Published: May 2019
Pages: 3
BESA Product Code: LC 21

Regulation 113 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 applies to public sector contracts entered into by:

  • UK government departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (i.e. government quangos), and
  • English public bodies (e.g. local authorities). These are collectively referred to in the Regulations as “contracting

Regulation 113 imposes a duty on contracting authorities to ensure that contracts with their tier 1 contractors contain
a requirement to make payments within 30 days.

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