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Competent persons schemes

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These schemes were introduced to allow individuals and enterprises to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations.

This is an alternative to submitting a building notice or using an approved inspector.

Self-certification:

  • enhances compliance with the Building Regulations
  • reduces costs for firms joining recognised schemes
  • promotes training and competence within the industry
  • should help tackle 'cowboy builders'
  • assists local authorities enforce the Regulations.

Since 31 December 2011, we authorise Competent Persons Schemes in Wales.

New conditions of authorisation, including United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation, for all competent persons schemes in Wales was published in April 2016.

The conditions of authorisation is the same as adopted in England to provide continuity, value for money and security for scheme operators, members and customers in both countries.

A Competent Person must be registered with a scheme that has been approved by the Government. You can find a Competent Persons Scheme by visiting the Competent Person Register website (external link). The Register represents the contractors in the building services industry that have been assessed. They can self-certify their work meets the building regulations.

Below is a list of the current Competent Persons Scheme operators. 

Contact us

If you need any further advice or help you can contact us by:

Post:

Building Regulations
Planning Directorate
Welsh Government
Rhydycar
Merthyr Tydfil
CF48 1UZ.

Email: enquiries.brconstruction@wales.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 062 8535 / 0300 062 8232