The Building Regulations for both England and Wales make it a
legal requirement for the appropriate Local Authority (LA) to be
informed about the installation of a heat producing gas appliance
e.g. boiler or fire.
Only a Gas Safe registered businesses/engineers can legally fit a
new gas appliance. Once a gas appliance has been installed it can
only be notified by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
If you have a new gas appliance fitted your Gas Safe registered
engineer must let your LA know. This is achieved through a
self-certification process known as notification. Registered
engineers have duty to comply with the Building Regulations by
installing gas appliances and then notifying the appliance to the
relevant LA. However that duty is also is shared to an extent with
the property owner, as the responsibility ultimately falls upon the
property owner to ensure that the Building Regulations are complied
with and may be the focus of any Building Regulations related
enforcement action by the LA if the work is not notified.
Your engineer can notify the work through a service Gas Safe
Register provides. Once your engineer notifies they have fitted a
new heat producing gas appliance in your home you will receive
a Building Regulations
Compliance Certificate. This should arrive
around 10-15 working days after we have received the
It is important to keep this certificate as it may be needed if
you sell your home or if you choose to remortgage. The certificate
belongs with the property so if you sell your home then the
certificate will need to be passed on to the next owner.
Similar requirements to England and Wales exist
in Isle of Man and Guernsey. However, there is currently no
mandatory requirement to notify installations in Northern Ireland
or Scotland. For more information on the Scottish regulations
visit the Scottish Government
There is no requirement to notify the installation of flueless
cookers. However, range cookers with a chimney/flue that also
provide heating do require notification. Gas Safe registered
businesses are encouraged to provide customers with a record of the
installation and for this reason can still notify flueless cookers,
which may be seen as an added value service. In these cases the
home owner will receive a Declaration of Safety
Not received your certificate?
How long does a business have to notify my
The Building Regulations state that the LA must be notified within
30 working days of a new appliance being fitted.
If you have not received your certificate call our Customer Services and we will check if
your engineer has notified the installation. If they haven’t you
will need to contact your engineer to ask them to notify the work
to ensure compliance with the Building Regulations requirement.
What if my engineer does not notify my appliance after
If an engineer does not notify your appliance after installation
and it is of a type that the LA needs to know about under the
Building Regulations requirement you should contact your engineer
and instruct them to notify it immediately. If necessary
seek advice from your Local Authority Building Control Department
or Citizens Advice Consumer Services.
Lost or missing certificate?
If you damage
or lose your certificate a duplicate one can be provided, however
there will be a charge. For information on how to obtain a
duplicate certificate please contact our
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