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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, meaning you do not have to apply for Building Regulations approval yourself.

Benefits of a registered tradesperson

An installer (for example, of windows or boilers) who is registered with a scheme can self-certify that their work complies with Building Regulations and can deal with building control issues, like objections.

If needed, they will tell your local authority about work on your behalf. They will also give you a certificate which can be used as evidence of compliance within eight weeks of completion of the work . Your application and approval will also appear in the council's register, and later in solicitors’ searches, when you come to sell your home.

Competent Person schemes have insurance-backed warranties and complaints procedures, if there is a problem with the work.

Find a Competent Person for your project

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

Search the Electrical Competent Persons Register if you are looking for an electrician to work on your home.