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What are Competent Person Schemes?

Competent Person Schemes were introduced by the Government to allow individuals and businesses to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations without having to submit a separate Building Notice application to Building Control and incur a charge.

Various trade bodies have taken responsibility for registering competent persons who meet the standards of work and competencies required in their technical area. Registration with these schemes, with the exception of GASAFE, is not compulsory. However, if work is undertaken by a person who is not registered, it is necessary to submit a Building Notice application to Building Control and incur a charge.

To find an installer registered with a Competent Person Scheme within your area or check that your chosen installer is with a scheme visit and enter your postcode or the name of the installer in the relevant search box.

What happens next?

An installer registered with a Competent Person Scheme should notify the local authority building control team when work is complete. They do this via their scheme operator (such as FENSA/ELECSA etc)  and will issue you with a certificate of compliance under the building regulations either directly or through their scheme operator.

If you don't receive your certificate within 30 days of completion, contact the Competent Person Scheme operator that your installer is registered with and they may be able to help you resolve the matter.

Where can I find my certificate?

If you need to find a copy certificate for Competent Person Scheme work carried out to your property you will need to know the name of the scheme they belong to, such as FENSA, NICEIC, when and who carried out the work. You should then contact their Competent Person Scheme govering body and request a copy certificate. 

A variety of schemes exist covering many aspects of the Building Regulations:



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