report an illegal gas FittER
Do you suspect that someone is working on gas appliances
without being Gas Safe registered?
By law, all engineers undertaking gas work in the United Kingdom,
Isle of Man, and Guernsey must be registered with Gas Safe
Register. Businesses can only register if their engineers are
competent and hold up to date and appropriate qualifications.
You can check if your engineer is registered by using our 'check a gas engineer
' service online or by
calling us on 0800 408 5500
Anybody who is carrying out gas work and is not registered with Gas
Safe Register may be breaking the law. This includes a registered
engineer working out of scope of their qualifications, a previously
registered business continuing to work without registration, and
gas workers who have never been registered.
Note: For information on what constitutes gas work, please see our
Bulletin 014 ‘Gas Work’
if you are a registered engineer, or
contact our technical department if you are a customer. The
technical department can be contacted by phoning 0800 408
or 01256 650 005
and pressing option
1, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
View a simple flowchart of our
reporting an illegal process
Reporting illegal gas work as an engineer
Firstly, make sure the installation is safe. Next, follow the steps
Note: It is not acceptable for a Gas Safe registered engineer to
knowingly ‘sign off’ gas work that has been carried out by a person
who is not registered in order to circumvent legal requirements.
Where this has occurred, both the registered and unregistered gas
worker may face prosecution.
Reporting illegal gas work as a customer
You can make your report via email
telephone (0800 408 5500
Your initial report is received by our Customer Service Department.
Here it is logged and you will be given a unique reference
What information do I need to give?
The initial information we need from you is the name and contact
details of the person who carried out the gas work. You do not need
to provide your name to make a report. Other useful information
includes the name of the customer, and the address, type of work,
and date the work was conducted.
Note: Reported work must be within six years of age.
What happens next?
If it is suspected, from the information you provide, that the
engineer is unregistered, the report is passed on to our National
Investigations Team. A free inspection of the suspected gas work
will be offered within 10 working days of receiving your report.
This visit will last approximately two – three hours, and our
Regional Investigations Officer will, with homeowner or landlord
- Check for any damage on or around the gas appliances.
- Check there are no gas escapes.
- Check the chimney/flue for compliance.
- Check for adequate ventilation.
- Check for safe operation of the appliance installed by the
Our Regional Investigations Officer will also take a supporting
statement from you about the gas work that has taken place.
Note: Homeowner permission for access to the site is necessary. Gas
Safe Register does not hold any powers of entry.
What if the gas work IS unsafe?
Our Regional Investigations Officer will classify any gas safety
faults found according to their severity. They will explain to the
homeowner/landlord what this means and, with their permission, make
the installation safe. The homeowner/landlord will be given a
Warning Advice Notice which explains what
is wrong with the work, and how to find a
qualified and registered engineer to fix this. Gas Safe
Register will even come back and check the work your
registered engineer has done free of charge.
Finally, a formal written report will be sent to the
homeowner/landlord within 10 working days. If you are a registered
engineer reporting Illegal gas work, Gas Safe Register will
endeavour to keep you informed, without breaching data protection
What happens to the illegal fitter?
If we have identified that an unregistered person undertook the gas
work, they may have broken the law, such as The Gas Safety
Regulations and the Health and Safety at Work Act. As Gas Safe
Register does not hold any enforcement powers, we are obliged to
provide a report to the relevant enforcement agency, the regional
Health and Safety Executive, within 10 working days of the
inspection. If appropriate we may also inform other enforcement
agencies such as Trading Standards. In certain situations it is
possible we may advise you to contact organisations such as Local
Authority Environmental Health, Building Control, Citizens Advice
Consumer Service, or small claims courts.
For further information as to the outcome of the investigation, you
may contact the Health & Safety Executive on 0300 003
Help Gas Safe Register tackle illegal gas
If you suspect a business is undertaking gas work without being
Gas Safe registered please let us know. Nomination is carried out
in a confidential manner.
form and report illegal gas work today.