The Competent Person Scheme was introduced by the Government to allow individuals and companies to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations as an alternative to submitting a Building Control application to the Local Authority.
The work of individuals or companies accepted as members of a scheme is not subject to Local Authority Building Control inspections.
If an individual or company chooses to join a CPS, they are first vetted by the scheme organisers to ensure they meet the conditions of membership. If they meet these conditions they are classed as ‘competent persons’.
Upon completion of the works, the Scheme organisation will issue the applicant with a certificate indicating that the works comply with the Building Regulations, as well as notifying the Local Authority that the work has taken place.
A Competent Person must be registered with a scheme organiser that has been approved by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).