CDM Regulations 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 now encompass domestic property and applies to construction work performed on the property. Landlords and their agents have responsibilities to ensure construction work and repairs are undertaken safely.

The Regulations do not apply to the following:

  • Routine maintenance work
  • Boiler/plant servicing and general maintenance
  • Garden maintenance
  • Fixing battery operated CO detectors
  • Changing lightbulbs/replacing tap washers, repairing appliances, minor plumbing repairs to fittings, etc.
  • Internal cleaning
  • External cleaning (except where power-washers, ladders etc. are involved)
  • Chimney sweeping

They do apply to the following types of work:

  • Boiler replacement
  • Installing wood burning stove
  • Painting
  • Carpet fitting
  • Fitting hard wired smoke detectors and other electrical work
  • And any construction work

If in any doubt about whether the CDM regulations apply to a particular job, you should assume that they do.

Where you need to instruct a single contractor to undertake work to which the CDM Regulations apply you should ask the contractor to draw up an appropriate Construction Phase Plan (CPP).  

The CDM Regulations become really important if you wish to instruct more than one contractor to undertake applicable construction works at the house at the same time - for example an electrician and a painter. If that is likely to be the case, you must appoint a Principal Designer', and a Principal Contractor'.  Responsibilities are significantly more onerous in relation to Health and Safety. The Principal Designer' has to plan and prepare the Health and Safety File and appoint one of the tradesmen as Principal Contractor' with responsibility for managing the construction phase.  More information on this is available at www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg411.htm.