The Danish Construction Association
The Danish Construction Association (DI Dansk Byggeri) is an independent business organization within the Confederation of Danish Industries (DI) that contains approximately 5,700 contractors and manufacturing companies within the Danish building and construction sector.
We create and sustain the conditions in which our member companies can compete and prosper, and promote our members' political interests.
The member companies, composed of major building contractors, small and medium-sized construction companies and manufacturers of building components, are involved in a range of core activities, from infrastructure and turnkey projects, to contractor work specializing in bricklaying, carpentry and roofing, as well as manufacturing building components, such as doors and windows.
The work of the Danish Construction Association includes:
- Looking after labour market and training policy interests
- Generally looking after enterprise policy interests - in Denmark and abroad
- Dealing with collective agreements and providing advice for employers
- Developing and communicating building regulations and knowledge
- Looking after companies’ sales and customer-related interests at home and abroad
- Beneficial purchasing agreements and commercial proposals aimed at members
- Regional, professional and local activities in areas, sections and local associations
- Membership administration, recruiting, etc.
- Information and communication for the various target groups
- Building Guarantee – a financial safety net for private customers in case of a fault or defect in work agreed with a building company that is a member of the Danish Construction Association
- In-service training and courses that ensure that the companies and their employees can develop their skills.
Through our membership in international organisations, we work to safeguard members’ interests within the international political area.
The Danish Construction Association is member of several international organisations, among others:
Collective agreements 2020
This information page will be continuously updated. Please check back regularly for updated information. Latest update: April 16th 2020, 16:00.
Doing Business in Denmark
Information for construction companies on doing business in Denmark.
It is important that you acquaint yourself with the rules and conditions for doing business in Denmark.
The Danish Construction Association recommends that you thoroughly study all the collective agreements covering your employees. Contact us for information on which collective agreement to apply.
Translated Collective Agreements
Export to Denmark
Frequently Asked Questions from Foreign Suppliers.
How can I build network in Denmark and find new customers?
Become a member of the Danish Construction Association and tap into our network.
Adresses of member companies
If you are a foreign supplier of goods and services, you might be interested in address information on our member companies. Our policy does not allow us to disclose such address lists. To search for Danish construction companies and manufacturers, you can for instance use the free database ProDenmark.
A good way to draw our member companies' attention to your product is to advertise in our member magazine Byggeriet, which is sent to all our members. Se some examples in the media information:
For more details please contact Ms Annette Beyerholm at + 45 40 46 15 57 or email@example.com
Rules and Regulation
If you have questions on Danish rules and regulations on products you can always contact the Danish Product Contact Point.
Standards and certification:
Services and starting business:
The Danish Point of Single Contact is a portal that helps you start a business or provide temporary services in Denmark.
Danish Transport and Construction Authority
Market Information and Statistics
Statistical data may be obtained in English on the homepage of
Department for labour law and collective agreements
Our Legal Department can help you and your business with legal issues.
Legal advice to members
We offer legal advice to members of the Danish Construction Association, primarily in the areas of construction law, public procurement law and competition law. Our job is to ensure that as a member you have the best possible conditions for running your business – and that you have been informed of the rules and regulations in this regard.
We can help you so you can run your business, but we cannot run it for you. As a member of the Danish Construction Association, you are entitled to advice regarding your legal rights and legal actions.
Safeguarding your interests
The Legal Department safeguard the industry's general interests when rules and regulations are made, for example by submitting responses to consultations regarding future bills and by participating in key councils, boards, etc.
Influencing tender specifications, including state-aided and subsidised construction
The Legal Department will keep you updated on the host of tender specifications under which members of the Danish Construction Association operate. As an organisation, the Danish Construction Association may file a complaint with the Complaints Board for Public Procurement (Klagenævnet for Udbud), and we handle both violations of public procurement rules and cases concerning derogation from AB 92* and AB 18** in state-aided and subsidised construction, including subsidised residential construction (*AB 92: General Conditions for the provision of works and supplies within building and engineering, 1992 and **AB 18: General conditions for building af construction works and supplies, 2018)).
The Legal Department offers a variety of courses on construction law, public procurement law and competition law. Members can also order courses tailored to employees in individual businesses, possibly on other subjects relating to our fields of activity.
Articles in "byggeriet"
The Legal Department writes articles about subjects of current interest. The articles are published in the Danish Construction Association's magazine "byggeriet" (in Danish only).
Health and Safety Department
The Department for Occupational Health and Safety can help you and your business with occupational health and safety issues.
The most common areas of advice to member companies are:
- Fundamentals of the Danish legislation on OHS (The Act of Working Environment)
- How to comply with the Danish OHS-legislation
- Your relation to the Working Environment Authority; - how to act if You get an executive order?
- Penalties in relation to executive orders
- Reporting work related accidents and diseases
- The mandatory workplace assessment
- The obligations of the safety coordinator in the project phase and in the construction phase
- ‘On-location-advice’ by Bam-Bus – free of charge.
Almost 400 pages of OHS rules and guidelines.
About the Danish Holidays Act
The new Danish Holidays Act takes effect on 1 September 2020. The new Act was adopted because the current Act does not fully comply with the EU rules on the right to 4 weeks of paid holiday per year.
Under the current Act, holiday is earned during the calendar year, but it not taken until the subsequent holiday year from 1 May to 30 April.
The new Act introduces concurrent holiday. This means that employees take holiday during the same year that it is earned.
The holiday year and earning year
Holiday is earned and taken at the same time over a period of 12 months from 1 September to 31 August (the holiday year and earning year). This means, for example, that holiday earned in February can already be held in March of that same year.
Holiday taking period
A new provision of the Act extends the period in which holiday can be taken by 4 months. Therefore, earned holiday can be taken in a period of 16 months from 1 September to 31 December of the following calendar year (holiday taking period). This provides increased flexibility regarding the taking of holiday.
Holiday rights for trainees
As previously, trainees have special holiday rights. The right to paid holiday depends on when the traineeship commences.
If the traineeship commences in the period from 1 September to 31 October, the trainee has the right to 25 days of paid holiday during that holiday year.
If the traineeship commences in the period from 1 November to 30 June, the trainee has the right to 3 weeks of paid holiday during the main holiday period and 5 days of paid holiday in connection with compulsory closures before the main holiday period.
If the traineeship commences in the period from 1 July to 31 August, the trainee has no special holiday rights but, just as other employees, will begin earning and taking holiday from 1 September to 31 August (concurrent holiday).
As previously, employees earn the right to 2.08 days of holiday per month. Accordingly, employees earn the right to 5 weeks of holiday during the period from 1 September to 31 August, which, as explained above, can be taken within a period of 16 months.
Payment during holiday is either provided in the form of holiday allowance of 12.5%, or holiday with salary plus a holiday supplement of 1%.
As previously, notice of when the main holiday will be taken must be provided 3 months in advance, and notice of remaining holiday must be provided 1 month in advance.
Discontinuation of “Feriekort” (“Holiday Form”) scheme/Reporting to “Feriepengeinfo” (“Holiday Allowance Info”)
Under the new Act, holiday allowance must be reported to Feriepengeinfo and the Feriekort scheme is discontinued.
Read more here
Prior to the commencement of the new Act, a transitional scheme running from 1 January 2019 until 31 August 2020 has been arranged.
Read more here
The Danish Construction Association recorded a webinar on the Danish Holidays Act, which you can view by clicking on the link below:
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Information about COVID-19
Guidelines on how to prevent the spread of coronavrius at work.
Prevent coronavirus infection on construction sites and in private homes (available in English, Polish, German, Lithuanian, Italian and Rumanian)