CDM Regulations 2015

As you may have heard CDM Regulations (Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015) have recently been updated – this is nothing to worry about.

The new CDM Regulations have been extended to cover domestic building work.

A domestic client is defined as someone who has construction work done on their own home, or the home of a family member, which is not done in connection with a business. Please note that, if the work is in connection with a business attached to domestic premises, such as a shop, the client falls under the commercial section of the regulations.

The Regulations apply in all domestic cases where a contractor is employed to carry out the building work. The contractor has specific responsibility to carry out the CDM requirements for the domestic client.

You may have also heard that the new CDM Regulations require that projects are notified to the HSE and Local Authority. This will only apply in very limited cases to domestic projects as the notification requirements are defined as:

Regulation 6

A project is notifiable if the construction work on a construction site is scheduled to

(a) last longer than 30 working days and have more than 20 workers working simultaneously at any point in the project; or

(b) exceed 500 person days.

The main exception to this advice is if you intend on building a nuclear reactor – then you must inform the Office for Nuclear Regulation in all cases!

For further information see the HSE website for a free download of the CDM Regulations.

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