There are various legal factors that have to be considered when it comes to licence requirements in construction. It is therefore advisable to make sure you have an experienced law firm on your side to ensure you are covered in every area. At Blackstone Solicitors, we are able to advise many different types of client, no matter the complexity of the circumstances surrounding licence requirements.
For more information about how our team of construction solicitors can help you, contact us on 0161 929 0121 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will call you back at a convenient time.
How we can help
Depending on the type of construction work being carried out, there may be specific licensing requirements. As a simple example, plumbers and heating engineers who install and service gas appliances must be registered with the Gas Safe Register. We are here to help advise with the licencing process concerning construction of any size. Be it a single local plot or a site on a much larger scale, we will work with you to make sure everything goes to plan.
Friendly yet direct, our team is passionate about every case we take on, and we believe the entire process requires constant communication. We will, therefore, guide you through the technicalities involved, offering expert advice from start to finish.
Why legal help is important
There are a number of areas within construction where a licence is mandatory. Consideration needs to be given as to who the principle contractor is and the licences held by any sub contractors or other professionals working on the scheme.
Licences will be required:
- If work involving asbestos is being carried out (this might include removing old insulation, wall cladding and partitions etc) you may need a licence from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Asbestos Licensing Unit. An alternative to this is to employ a licenced asbestos specialist but it is still essential to understand your legal obligations under asbestos safety legislation.
- Waste transportation will require an upper-tier certificate of registration as a waste carrier. Any business which produces 500kg or more of hazardous waste at a premises in Wales within a 12 month period must register with Natural Resources Wales as a hazardous waste producer. If 500kg or more of hazardous waste is produced at a single site then it is up to the owner of that site to register.
- If you pay sub-contractors for work done within the Construction Industry Scheme for taxation (CIS) then you must register as a contractor with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
- Before erecting a scaffold on or over a public highway, you are obliged by law to obtain a permit from your local highway authority. Some local authorities also require you to obtain a scaffolding permit before putting up a scaffold in a public place. If you use a specialist scaffolder, they will often take responsibility for arranging any scaffolding permits needed.
- Skips placed on a public highway require a Skip Permit from the local authority. Certain conditions may be attached to the licence. Normally the skip hire company will arrange the necessary licences, but checking this is the case is important.
There are numerous other areas in development where a licence will be required or, if not a legal obligation, good practice. We can advise you on all these requirements
Our team prides itself on being able to meet every need of each of our clients. We are willing to go the extra mile when other firms are not, ensuring our clients are given the very best opportunity of getting the outcome they are after. Get in touch to see how our specialist team can help you ensure you and your development have all the correct licences required.
Speaking to one of our solicitors is easy, simply call us on 0161 929 0121 or allow us to get in touch with you by filling in our online enquiry form. Our services are available to clients throughout the UK, including Manchester, London, Cheshire and Chester, as well as to those living abroad.