Last edited 08 Oct 2020

Domestic client for building design and construction

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM regulations) define construction clients as '...organisations or individuals for whom a construction project is carried out.'

The regulations define 'domestic clients' as '... people who have construction work carried out on their own home, or the home of a family member that is not done as part of a business, whether for profit or not. '

Local authorities, housing associations, charities, management companies owned by the residents or homeowners, landlords and other businesses may own domestic property but they are not domestic clients. It is the status of the person procuring the work that determines whether they are a domestic client, not the nature of the premises. For example, if construction work is procured by a local authority, they are not a domestic client, even though the work is being done in domestic premises for the benefit a householder.

See CDM for self-builders and domestic clients for more information.

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