Competent Persons Schemes

The rationale behind the schemes is to authorise, on the basis of risk to health and safety, schemes whose members are adjudged sufficiently competent in their work to self-certify that their work has been carried out in compliance with all applicable requirements of the Building Regulations.

The schemes offer benefits to both consumers and industry. Consumers will benefit from lower prices as building control fees are not payable. They also benefit from reduced delays and from the ability to identify competent firms. Companies/Firms who join these schemes will avoid the time and expense of submitting a building notice. The schemes will also allow local authority building control departments to concentrate their resources on the areas of highest risk.

If a company or individual chooses to join a competent persons scheme, they are first vetted to ensure they meet the conditions of membership, including appropriate and relevant levels of competence. If they meet these conditions they are classified as 'competent' persons'. The work of organisations or individuals accepted as members of a scheme is not subject to Building Control inspection. Instead, the competent person self-certificates that the work is in compliance with the Building Regulations. They issue a certificate to the consumer to this effect. In some schemes they then report the work to the scheme organisers who in turn inform the local authority that work has taken place.

Common Schemes

A full list of the schemes can be found on the Communities and Local Government Website

Replacement Windows & Doors

Body: FENSA
Web: www.fensa.co.uk
Tel No: 0870 780208
FENSA was developed at the same time as replacement windows came under the control of the Building Regulations (1st April 2002). A person registered under the FENSA scheme is allowed to self-certify installation of replacement windows, rooflights, roof windows and doors in an existing residential building.

Combustion Appliances

Body:
Gas Safe
Web: www.gassaferegister.co.uk
Tel No: 0800 408 5500

Gas Safe Register is the official gas registration body for the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey, appointed by the relevant Health and Safety Authority for each area. By law all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register.

Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI as the gas registration body in Great Britain and Isle of Man on 1 April 2009 and Northern Ireland and Guernsey on 1 April 2010.

Body: HETAS
Web: www.hetas.co.uk
Tel No: 01242 673257
HETAS is the UK body recognised by the Government to approve official testing and approval of domestic solid fuels, solid fuel burning appliances and associated equipment and services. A person registered under the HETAS scheme is allowed to self-certify that installation of solid fuel burning combustion appliances meets the requirements of the Building Regulations.

Body: OFTEC
Web: www.oftec.co.uk
Tel No: 0845 6585080
OFTEC runs the competent persons scheme covering oil-fired combustion appliances. OFTEC registered technicians are qualified to self-certify that installation of oil-fired combustion appliances and oil storage tanks and associated pipe work.

Electrical Safety in Dwellings - Full Competence Schemes (Part P)

Body: BRE
Web: www.brecertification.co.uk
Tel No: 01923 664100
This scheme, operated with the support of the Electrical Contractors Association and the Institution of Electrical Engineers, is primarily designed for those whose main business is electrical contracting and those who wish to be able to self-certify all types of electrical work in dwellings. The scheme became fully operational on 1st January 2005.

A full list of the schemes can be found on the Communities and Local Government Website

To Contact Building Control:
Tel: 01353 665555
Fax: 01353 665240
e-mail: bcservices@eastcambs.gov.uk