Potential Homeowner Benefits:

  • ABST zero-rated materials and aggregates procured locally from registered CAB-I suppliers
  • ABST zero-rated services from participating service providers
  • Store discounts on building supplies procured locally
  • Reduced interest rates with participating banks
  • Reduction in the negotiation/commitment fee
  • Discounts on premiums with participating Insurance Companies

How does it work?

Under the Initiative, homeowners access the government-approved incentive of zero Antigua & Barbuda Sales Tax (ABST) on all building materials procured locally. As a part of the incentive package, other stakeholders (financial institutions, insurance firms, architects etc.) extend reduced service fees and charges to CAB-I approved clients.

Who can register?

The program applies to citizens and residents of Antigua & Barbuda.


What projects are eligible?

Only new residential construction projects by first-time homeowners are eligible for benefits under CAB-I.

What is the process for registering for benefits under CAB-I?

Step 1

After speaking with your financial institution about your qualifying amount and your plans have been approved by the Development Control Authority (DCA), make contact with the ABIA and complete the CAB-I registration form and the estimate template. These can be collected at our office, emailed or faxed.

For electronic form, Click Here. The completed form can be submitted to email cab-i@ab.gov.ag.

For a printable version Click Here, and deliver to ABIA office. Hard copies of the documents can be collected from our office.

Estimate Templates:

For single level structures

For two-story structures

*For structures exceeding two floors, please duplicate stage three sheet

Step 2
Gather the following documents and make an appointment with ABIA:

  • Completed registration form
  • Copy of the signed contract/agreement with the contractor
  • Detailed estimate; prepared using the CAB-I estimate template
  • A copy of the DCA Approval
  • DCA Approved Plans (Physical and Electronic Copies)
  • Government-issued Identification (Preferably Passport or Driver’s License) 
  • Non-citizen Landholding License (where applicable)
  • Residency Permit (if applying as a non-citizen)

All projects are subject to an assessment fee to cover quantity-surveying services. The Authority will advise the amount to be paid.

Step 3
ABIA conducts a review of the file and sub-contracts quantity surveying services. Applicants will be provided with a copy of the assessment report.

Step 4
Applicants are issued the CAB-I Certificate and their official CAB-I Shopping List.

CAB-I registered homeowners or their homeowner representatives are required to present a government-issued ID along with their CAB-I Certificate and Shopping List. Homeowners or their representatives must sign copies of the receipts at the point of purchase.

How long does the process take?
Applicants will be issued their CAB-I Certificate and Shopping list 10 – 15 business days, after submission of a complete registration package.

Click Here to print the information sheet.

Extension and Modification Requests

Eligible applicants can apply for extensions and modifications to approved projects. Complete the Special/Modification Request Form or the Extension Request Form and return to our offices.

For more information contact ABIA at 481-1000/1 or cab-i@ab.gov.ag


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