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Self certified building work

Self certification, or competent persons schemes, were introduced by the Government to allow individuals to self-certify that their work complies with the building regulations. This is an alternative to submitting a full plans or building notice application or using an approved inspector.

The work of organisations or individuals accepted as members of a scheme is not subject to building control inspection. Instead, this person or business self-certifies that their work is in compliance with the building regulations. They issue a certificate to this effect to the individual who requested the work.

In some schemes they then report the work to the scheme organisers who, in turn, let us know that work has taken place.

A number of Government approved schemes are in operation. Most of them deal with works relating to:

  • Replacement widows
  • Electrical installations
  • Heat producing appliances
  • Heating and hot water service systems
  • Lighting systems
  • Sanitary conveniences.

For a full list of existing competent persons schemes, together with contact details for organisations who have qualified, see the Communities and Local Government website.

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