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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 as an alternative to submitting either 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, the competent person self-certifies that the work is in compliance with the building regulations. They issue a certificate to the consumer to this effect. In some schemes they then report the work to the scheme organisers who in turn inform the local authority that work has taken place.

A number of Government-approved schemes are in operation and deal broadly with works associated with the following:

  • Replacement windows
  • 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, please see Central Government's Competent Persons Scheme webpage.