Building regulations approval

3. Use a competent person scheme

Competent person schemes are a way for tradespeople to prove their ability to carry out certain work to required standards, instead of you applying for building regulations approval.

Benefits of a registered tradesperson

An installer (eg of windows or boilers) who’s registered with a scheme can self-certify that their work complies with buildings standards and can deal with building control issues, like objections.

If needed, they’ll tell your local authority about work on your behalf. They’ll also give you a certificate within 8 weeks of completion which can be used as evidence of compliance - it will also show up in solicitors’ searches if you come to sell your home.

Competent person schemes have insurance-backed warranties and complaints procedures if there’s a problem with the work.

Find a ‘competent person’

Search the Competent Persons Register to find a tradesperson, or check that they belong to a scheme.

Search the Electrical Competent Person Register if you’re looking for an electrician to work on your home.

You may have to correct the work or pay a fine if building regulations aren’t followed.