Last edited 02 Nov 2020

Code of construction practice

A code of construction practice (CoCP) sets out the standards and procedures to which a developer or contractor must adhere in order to manage the potential environmental impacts of construction works.

Many local authorities (and some other public bodies and large clients) have codes of practice that apply to new developments, setting out requirements in relation to matters such as:

CoCP’s may be attached to a planning permission, or they may form part of the contract documentation for a project. Suppliers, or developers may be required to develop a site environmental management plan (SEMP) setting out how they will comply with the CoCP.

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