UK Double Glazing Regulations & Standards
UK double glazing regulations stipulate that it is the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that all work carried out in their home has the necessary Planning Permission and conforms to current Building Regulations.
By far the easiest way to do this is to use a double glazing company registered with one of the national self-assessment bodies such as FENSA and CERTASS. These are heavily regulated to guarantee that all their members are knowledgeable and compliant with the latest in double glazing regulations. Plus they take care of all of the paperwork for you.
A certificate of compliance is required on the completion of any window installation. This is a legal obligation and will be required when you come to sell the property. Registered installers will take care of the whole process for you and you should receive your certificate within a few weeks of completion and payment.
If you carry out the work yourself or use a non-registered fitter, you will need to contact your local authority and arrange for a representative to come and inspect the work. They will need to confirm that it complies with UK double glazing standards and apply for the necessary certification. You will be responsible for the cost of the application; as a rough guide you can expect to pay around £60.00.
It is advisable to contact your local authority before undertaking any DIY building project to check you will not be violating any planning permission requirements. Also, remember if you use a non-registered supplier and the work is found to fall short of national double glazing standards, you will be legally and financially responsible for correcting this.
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