The Regulations highlight the role of architects, engineers, building surveyors, builders and clients regarding the certificates of compliance as part of the overall building control regulatory regime.

A certificate of compliance (design) will now need to be completed by a professional designer such as a chartered engineer or a registered architect acknowledging that they have been commissioned by the owner to design, in conjunction with others, the works noted and to certify such design.

They are to confirm that they will be competent to carry out the design and to co-ordinate the design of others in compliance with the Regulations.

The Regulations impose a duty of skill and care that the design has been prepared exercising reasonable skill, care and diligence.