Building Control guidance - Competent Persons Self-Certification

Self-certification schemes

Competent person self-certification schemes (commonly referred to as competent person schemes) were introduced by the government in 2002 to allow individuals and companies to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations as an alternative to submitting a building regulations application.

Competent Persons Self-Certification schemes assist both industry and customers by simplifying the compliance process for specific works that would otherwise need to be controlled and inspected by Building Control. It helps to enhance compliance with the requirements of the Building Regulations by improving the technical knowledge in the building industry and it also assists local authorities with enforcement where works are undertaken by unregistered contractors.

Some common projects where competent persons schemes are available include:

  • Replacement windows
  • Electrical installations where Part P applies
  • Oil fired heating appliances installations
  • Gas fired heating appliances and installation
  • Solid fuel heating appliances and installation
  • Defined plumbing and sanitary appliance installations
  • Defined renewable technology installations

More information

You can find out more about Competent Persons Self-Certification and the current list of Competent Persons schemes can be viewed on GOV.UK