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Create a Prime Contract


To create a new Prime Contract for a project.

Things to Consider

  • Required User Permissions: 'Admin' level permissions on the Prime Contract tool.
  • A project can only have one Prime Contract.
  • The Prime Contract typically represents the agreed upon contract between an owner who is financing the construction project and the general contractor who is being paid to manage the construction project. In the case of Procore, the Prime Contract will typically be the contract between you and your client, which may be a different relationship than an owner to a general contractor.
  • The Budget can be used to create the Prime Contract if the two are identical, or if the Prime Contract is a division-level summary of the Budget. Often times the internal Budget and the client facing Prime Contract are different levels of detail and the Prime Contract isn't strictly a division level roll-up of the Budget.
  • For general contractors that are customers of Procore, the Budget is more commonly used as an internal tool for managing the contracts and costs with subcontractors (and is not visible to your financing client), whereas the Prime Contract is used as the contract between you and your client (and is not visible to your subcontractors).
  • You can create multiple line items with the same cost code and categories, and use the Description field to clarify the difference between the line items.
  • When adding line items, you can leave the Cost Code field blank by entering "None."
  • In order for anyone to receive a notification of the Prime Contract, you must email the Prime Contract.


  1. Go to the project's Prime Contract tool.
  2. Click the orange Create Prime Contract button.
  3. Add general information about the Prime Contract. (Note: None of these fields are required to create a Prime Contract. You can add information at a later time, if desired.)
    • Contract #: Assign a unique identifier for the Prime Contract.
    • Owner: Select the party to whom you will be sending your payment application.
    • Architect: Select the lead architect on the project.
    • Contractor: Enter the name of the company (e.g. GC) who is managing the construction project in Procore. If you are setting up the Prime Contract, you will typically enter your company's name in this field. 
    • Title: Provide a descriptive name for the Prime Contract.
    • Status: Specify the current status of the Prime Contract. (e.g. Draft, Out For Bid, Out For Signature, Approved, Complete, or Terminated)
      Note: If the status is set to "Approved" or Complete", change orders and pay apps can be created. If the status is set to anything other than "Approved or "Complete," change orders and pay apps can not be created.
    • Private: Specify who can view the Prime Contract. By default, the Prime Contract is "private" and is only visible to users with 'Admin' user permissions on the Prime Contract tool. You can also allow non-Admin users to view the Prime Contract, if desired. Additionally, you can also allow selected non-Admin users to have read-only access to individual line items under the SOV subtool.
    • Start Date: Specify the project's official start date.
    • Estimated Completion Date: Specify the estimated date for project completion.
    • Signed Contract Received Date: Specify the date when the Prime Contract was officially signed by all legally bound parties.
    • Actual Completion Date: Once a project has been officially completed (i.e. final payments have been processed and closed) you can specify the actual project completion date for record purposes.
    • Default Retainage: Specify a default percentage that will automatically be applied to all line item costs for retainage purposes. (e.g. 10%)
    • Executed: You can use this checkbox to denote that the contract was fully signed and executed.
    • Description: Provide a helpful description about the contract.
    • Inclusions - Specify any agreed upon inclusions in the contract.
    • Exclusions: Specify any agreed upon exclusions in the contract.
    • Attachments: Attach any relevant documents, such as a signed copy of the contract.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Click the Schedule of Values (SOV) subtab.
  6. Click Edit. There are several different ways to create an SOV.

Create SOV from the Budget Tool

If you created a project budget (using the Budget tool), you can use it to quickly build out a Prime Contract's SOV. There are two options for how to create the Prime Contract SOV from the Budget tool. (Note: You can only perform this action if there are zero line items.)

  1. Go to the project's Prime Contract tool. Make sure that the Prime Contract status is set as "Draft" mode under the General sub tool.
  2. Click the Schedule of Values sub tool.
  3. Click Edit.
  4. You will have the option to perform one of the following actions:
    • Option 1: A line item will be created for each line item on the project budget

    • Option 2: A line item will be created for summaries of each division on the project budget. (Note: Use this option if you prefer to breakdown costs by division instead of by individual line items.)
  5. ​Click Save to save your changes.

Import from a CSV

  • If you prefer to upload a CSV to import all line items, please download and populate the provided CSV template instead. Be sure to follow the instructions in the tutorial below to ensure that add your data to the CSV in the correct format because the uploader enforces very strict syntax requirements. Data must follow the prescribed format to ensure that your data can be successfully uploaded into Procore. For example, CSV rows that only contain a Cost Code Name and Cost Code Number will not produce a new line item.

    For more detailed instructions, see Import a Prime Contract CSV.

Manually Add Line Items

  • Use the line item creator in the interface to select the cost code, write a description for each line of work, select a cost type and enter the amount. Click "Add" to add each additional line item.
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