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Competent Persons Schemes

Labc LogoThis page contains information about the competent persons schemes, with a link to the Department of Communities and Local Government website that provides a list of the current scheme providers and their contact details.

Competent persons schemes were introduced by the government to allow individuals and enterprises to self-certify that their work complies with the requirements of the Building Regulations as an alternative to submitting a Building Regulations application to the local authority.

Self-certification is based on giving people who are able to prove their competency in their field, based on qualifications and experience, the ability to self-certify that their work complies with all the applicable requirements of the Building Regulations.

The schemes offer benefits to both the consumer and industry. Consumers should benefit from lower prices as building control fees are not payable. They also benefit from reduced delays and from the ability to identify competent firms. Firms who join these schemes will avoid the time and cost of submitting a Building Regulations application.

There are currently a number of competent persons schemes covering the following areas;

  1. installation of heat producing appliance,
  2. installation of heating or hot water system connected to a heat producing gas appliance,
  3. installation of an oil fired combustion appliance or oil storage tanks and the piped connecting them to the combustion appliance,
  4. installation of a solid fuel burning combustion appliance,
  5. installation of a heating or hot water system connected to an oil fired combustion appliance or its associated controls,
  6. installation of a heating or hot water system connected to a solid fuel burning combustion appliance or its associated controls,
  7. installation of a heating or hot water system connected to an electric heat source or its associated controls,
  8. installation of a mechanical ventilation or air conditioning system or associated controls, which does not involve work on a system shared with parts of the building occupied separately, in a building other than a dwelling,
  9. installation of an air conditioning or ventilation system in a dwelling, which does not involve work on systems shared with another dwelling,
  10. installation of a lighting system or electric heating system, or associated electrical controls,
  11. installation of fixed low or extra-low voltage electrical installations,
  12. installation of fixed low or extra-low voltage electrical installations as a necessary adjunct to or arising out of other work being carried out by a registered person,
  13. installation, as a replacement, of a window, roof-light, roof window or door in an existing dwelling,
  14. installation of a sanitary convenience, sink, washbasin, bidet, fixed bath, shower or bathroom in a dwelling, which does not involve work on shared or underground drainage,
  15. installation of a wholesome cold water supply or a softened wholesome cold water supply,
  16. installation of a supply of non-wholesome water to a sanitary convenience fitted with a flushing device which does not involve work on shared or underground drainage,
  17. installation in a building of a system to produce electricity, heat or cooling, by micro-generation or from renewable sources,
  18. insertion of insulating material into cavity walls of an existing building,
  19. installation, as a replacement, of a covering to a pitched or flat roof and work carried out by the registered person as a necessary adjunct to that installation (this does not apply to solar panels) and
  20. any building work which is necessary to ensure that any appliance, service or fitting which is installed and which is described above complies with the applicable requirements contained within schedule 1 of the Building Regulations 2010. This however does not apply to the provision of a masonry chimney.

A list of the current approved competent person schemes and contact details are available on the web site of the Department of Communities and Local Government [external link] (DCLG).

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