Building Regulations are formulated to ensure that buildings are safe to live in. All rented properties in the England and Wales must have a valid Gas Safe certificate.
● What is a Building Regulations Compliance Gas Safety Certificate?
● What falls under building regulations?
● The GSIUR (Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations).
● Work that does and does not require notification.
● Gas Safe Building Regulations Compliance Certificate.
Building Regulations are formulated to help ensure the safety of the tenants that choose to live in a property.
These regulations also account for any new heat-producing appliances that are installed. When these installations are performed in England and Wales, local authorities must be informed.
Once they are notified, they can issue a Gas Safe Building Regulations Compliance Certificate that proves that the installation doesn’t pose any safety threats to tenants.
A copy of the valid gas safety certificate must be given to the tenant within 28 days.
As a landlord, you must ensure that the Building Regulations, as outlined in the Building Regulations Guide, are adhered to for any properties you own and that the gas safe-registered engineer notifies the installation.
If you work as a gas installer, it is a legal requirement to notify or register the installation of heat-producing gas appliances and heating and hot water systems with your local authority.
In the case of gas, this can only be done through the Gas Safe Register or one of its third-party partners with an agreement with the Register.
Building Regulations are standards of safety that deal with the technical and construction details applicable to all buildings in the UK to ensure that they are safe to live in.
The Building Regulations are composed of Approved Documents covering the construction's technical aspects.
B: Fire Safety Regulations
C: Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture
D: Toxic substances
E: Resistance to the passage of sound
F: Ventilation Regulations
G: Sanitation, hot water safety, and water efficiency
H: Drainage and waste disposal
J: Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems
K: Protection from falling, collision, and impact
L: Conservation of fuel and power
M: Access to and use of buildings
P: Electrical safety (dwellings)
Q: Security (dwellings)
R: Physical infrastructure for high-speed electronic communications networks (dwellings
Gas installations must comply with GSIUR (Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations) as well as a broader set of regulations, including notifying the relevant people about the installation of heat-producing appliances.
Technical compliance is met by ensuring that your gas work meets the guidelines outlined in the technical guidance documents that support the Building Regulations.
The Gas Safe Register assesses compliance with the technical documents during work inspections.
The Register is a list of approved gas engineers with the necessary skills and qualifications to work on gas appliances.
In addition to the gas boiler installation being safe and complying with GSIUR, the new heating system must also satisfy the design and energy efficiency standards specified in the Building Services Compliance guide.
The following may also be assessed during a gas safety check:
If the Gas Safe Register finds that the work does not fully meet the requirements, the gas engineer will be asked to upgrade the work to satisfy the requirements.
The local authority may prosecute those whose work does not comply with the Building Regulations.
Those in contravention may receive a hefty fine, and prosecution can take place for up to two years after the work has been completed.
Each year people suffer from ill health or die from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues which were not properly installed or maintained.
The GSIUR deals with installing and maintaining gas appliances (including flues and fittings) in domestic premises. Amendments to the GSIUR came into force in April 2018.
These regulations stipulate the obligation of UK landlords to ensure that gas appliances and fittings are safe for the tenants to use.
They also apply to anyone who intends to install, service, maintain, or repair gas appliances and other gas fittings.
The replacement, installation, or maintenance of a heating system must be notified to Building Control. This rule also applies to any alteration to an existing system.
If an existing gas appliance, like a boiler, is moved to another location on the property, Building Control must be notified.
As a landlord, you are required to:
Gas engineers know that gas installations must comply with GSIUR for safety reasons.
Over and above that, certain installations must also comply with a broader set of requirements, including notifying the installation of heat-producing appliances in England and Wales.
Technical compliance is achieved by ensuring that your gas work complies with the guidance outlined in the technical guidance documents that support the Building Regulations.
If you have a gas appliance installed at your property, it must be accompanied by a valid installation certificate.
This certificate also serves as the ‘Building Regulations Compliance Certificate’ and is registered on the Gas Safety Register.
The certificate allows them to easily inform the local authority that the installation complies with all the prescribed building regulations.
The following gas installations require notification:
Adding to an existing heating system that alters the boiler's performance, such as re-setting the boiler input or output, also requires notification.
Under the Building Regulations, the relevant local authority should be notified within a period of 30 days after the completed work.
A third-party agent, such as the manufacturer, can also notify the local authority. After the manufacturer submits the information that must be checked by the Gas Safe Register, the gas safety certificate will be provided to the homeowner.
The Gas Safe Register notifies the appropriate Local Authority Building Control department.
For Scotland, the requirements are different and can be found on the government website for Scotland.
You do not need to apply for approval if the work isn’t covered by building regulations, or if it’s carried out by someone who is registered with a competent person scheme.
You do not need Building Regulations approval for projects such as:
It is easy and inexpensive to apply for your Building Regulations Compliance Certificate.
After the Gas Safe-registered engineer approves the installation and informs the relevant local authority, the homeowner will receive the Building Regulations Compliance Certificate in the post within 10-15 working days.
The Gas Safe Register has a team of inspectors who ensure that gas installations or other work carried out on gas appliances are competent and safe. Notification costs £2.20 per notification plus VAT online, or £3.50 plus VAT by phone.
You may notify up to six items per address in one transaction. The Gas Safe Register can be contacted in any of the following ways:
Consumers: 0800 408 5500
Engineers: 0800 408 5577
If you require a duplicate Building Regulations Compliance Certificate, you can obtain this by contacting the Gas Safe Register online or calling 0800 408 5500 and choosing option 1.
There is a charge of £6.12, including VAT, for duplicate certificates. The gas safety certificate cost can vary depending on several factors, including:
In addition to the Building Regulations Certificate, landlords will also be issued with their own copy that proves their property complies with gas safety regulations.
It contains the following information:
You can also use online management tools like EVO to obtain relevant gas safety certificates.
EVO will provide you with a qualified, vetted engineer when using our compliance add-on. They will be able to issue an official landlord gas safety certificate.
EVO also provides landlords with the peace of mind that their properties are compliant with gas safety and other building regulations.
It can feel like a daunting task to manage the safety of your properties, no matter how big or small.
That’s where digital management solutions like EVO come in.
Not only is our platform user friendly and easily accessible, but it also connects you with certified professionals for any property-related needs you may have.
Get in touch with one of our friendly helpdesk members to find out how you can take the hassle out of property management today.
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