Can I add tests and descriptions in a config block?

No — properties (including tests and descriptions) must be declared in separate .yml files, rather than in config blocks.


  • tell dbt how to build something in your warehouse (for example, whether a model should be a table or view, or which SQL to use when running a snapshot)
  • are defined in your dbt_project.yml file or a config block in a .sql file.


  • are used to declare things about your dbt project or data warehouse.
  • are defined in separate .yml files

For now, these things are separate to each other, but in the future, we may choose to co-locate them in the same file.