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Competent persons scheme

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Many jobs in the home need to be notified to and approved by the Local Authority Building Control unless carried out by an installer who is registered with a Competent Persons Scheme.
Check the Competent Persons Register before starting work.

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Competent person schemes (CPS) were introduced by the Government to allow registered individuals and enterprises to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations.

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 full application. This scheme will enhance compliance with the requirements of the Building Regulations, reduce costs for firms, and promote training and competence within the industry. It should also help tackle the problem of ‘cowboy builders’, and assist local authorities with enforcement.

Please see below for examples of work that you do not need to notify to the local authority before starting if the installer is registered with a Competent Persons Scheme: 

  • installation or replacement of a heating system or any boiler
  • installation or replacement of an oil tank
  • existing electrics or plumbing are altered or installation of new electrics or plumbing in bathrooms, kitchens and outdoors
  • installation of fixed air conditioning systems
  • installation of additional radiators to an existing heating system
  • replacement window and door units
  • replacement of roof coverings on pitched and flat roofs

If in doubt please contact building control to clarify if an application is required using the contact details below.

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Building Control

West Lindsey District Council
Guildhall, Marshall's Yard
Gainsborough
DN21 2NA
United Kingdom