Notification: Overview

Notification by approved contractors (England & Wales) 

For the purpose of the water fittings regulations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, byelaws in Scotland an approved contractor is a member of one of the following schemes. 


  • Their scheme is recognised by the local water undertaker
  • The proposed work is not a material change of use
  • The scope of their membership covers the type of plumbing work undertaken 
  • They comply with their scheme terms and conditions

An approved contractor installing the items highlighted in the list below, may not have to provide advanced notification before starting work. However, on completion they will be required to send a certificate of compliance for the work to the local water undertaker as well as issuing one to their client.

Please note: notification exemptions for those approved contractors who are members of sector schemes is typically restricted to the alteration or extension of plumbing systems. For further information contact the scheme

Please note: due to both differences in notification requirements across the UK and variation in individual approved contractor schemes terms and conditions it is important to check whether advanced notification is required. 


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