Building Regulations

The Building Regulations are legal requirements that apply to building work and are aimed at achieving minimum standards of construction to ensure the health and safety of people in or around buildings. They are also concerned with energy conservation and with access and facilities for disabled people.

Approval under the Building Regulations is entirely separate from the process of obtaining planning permission.

For more information on Building Regulations, please follow the links below.

Competent person schemes

Click on the headings below for more information on competent person schemes.

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  • Competent person schemes

    Competent person schemes were introduced by the Government to allow individuals and enterprises to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations as an alternative to submitting a building notice or using an approved inspector.

    The principles of self-certification are based on giving people who are competent in their field the ability to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations without the need to submit a building notice and thus incurring local authority inspections or fees.

    It is hoped that moving towards self-certification will significantly enhance compliance with the requirements of the Building Regulations, reduce costs for firms joining recognised schemes, and promote training and competence within the industry. It should also help tackle the problem of 'cowboy builders', and assist local authorities with enforcement of the Building Regulations.

    A full list of current competent person schemes, and further details can be found on the Government website.

  • Electrical competent person schemes

    There are several competent person schemes for those carrying out electrical installation work. The installers must be registered with one of the organisations listed below.

    Telephone: 01442 278607
    Visit the BSI website

    ELECSA (EC Certification Limited)
    Telephone: 0845 634 9043
    Visit the ELECSA website

    NAPIT Registration Limited
    Telephone: 0845 543 0330
    Visit the NAPIT website

    NICEIC Group Limited
    Telephone: 0870 013 0382
    Visit the NICEIC website