N.I.C.
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(pronounced as the letters, N-I-C)

An acronym for the term “Not In Contract.” You will see this abbreviation all over construction drawings and contract documents to designate an area of a project that is not in the scope of work, i.e. it’s not being accounted and paid for within the particular project. This term alerts contractors that they do not need to bid on or concern themselves with building out the designated area. A few reasons why an area might be designated as N.I.C.:
  1. it is not owned by the client;
  2. it has been built out or renovated already;
  3. the client doesn’t currently need the space and is delaying finish out;
  4. the client doesn’t have the funding at the moment and plans to build out later.