What does the Building Regulations Client have to do?
As a ‘Client’ under the Building Regulations your duties for a project comprise:
You must make suitable arrangements for planning, managing and monitoring a project (including allocation of sufficient time and other resources) so as to ensure compliance with all relevant requirements.
Arrangements are suitable if the Client ensures that the design work is carried out so that the building work to which the design relates, if built, would be in compliance with all relevant requirements.
The arrangements in place must ensure the building work is carried out in accordance with all relevant requirements
The project arrangements must enable the designers and contractors to cooperate with each other to ensure compliance with all relevant requirements
They also must provide for periodic review of the building work (and the design work) included or to be included in the project so as to identify whether it is higher-risk building work.
You must ensure that the arrangements are maintained and reviewed throughout the project.
You must provide building information as soon as is practicable to every designer and contractor on the project.
You must cooperate with any other person working on or in relation to a project to the extent necessary to enable any person with a duty or function under the Regulations to fulfil that duty or function.
You must appoint a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor for the purposes of these Regulations.
You must ensure that all appointments you make to the Project team are competent and capable to undertake the works by ensuring they have the correct skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours to fulfil their duties under the Regulations.