Is Fensa A Legal Requirement?

What does a Fensa certificate cover?

A FENSA certificate covers the REPLACEMENT of external windows, doors, roof windows and roof lights against the relevant Building Regulations in domestic properties on the original foot print of the property where the use or size of rooms have not been altered..

Can you get retrospective building regs?

Yes, you can get retrospective building control approval. If you didn’t apply for building regs approval for the work before, or perhaps building work carried out by the previous owner didn’t have the relevant completion certificates, you can apply for ‘regularisation’ – retrospective approval.

How long is a Fensa certificate valid for?

The certificate lasts as long as the new doors and windows last. As well as this a FENSA certificate can also serve as evidence of guarantee as FENSA installers provide an up to 10-year insurance backed guarantee.

Does front door need Fensa certificate?

If you replace windows and/or doors of 50% glass or more in the main body of the building they should have a Fensa certificate. To help you work out if your installation requires a certificate see the table below. Windows or doors into a porch where the house and porch are separated by an external door.

FENSA certification can only apply if you are replacing an existing skylight window; installation of a new skylight will require certification from Building Control to ensure that any structural changes and thermal performance meet current regulations.

What happens if you don’t have a Fensa certificate?

If you don’t have a FENSA certificate you have two options available: 1. You can apply to your local authority for a ‘Retrospective Building Regulation Compliance Certificate’. … You can take out double glazing building regulations indemnity insurance, as long as the work was completed more than a year ago.

When did Fensa become a requirement?

April 2002In April 2002, the UK government authorised the creation of FENSA (Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme). The first and most well-known Competent Person Scheme for the window and door installation industry in England and Wales.

Is there an alternative to Fensa?

Certass however are a not-for-profit scheme and are widely thought to be cheaper than FENSA in the long run.

When did Fensa certificates come into force?

Home owners buying or selling a UK property that has had replacement windows or doors fitted to it since July 2002, will need to provide the seller or purchaser (or their Solicitor!) with a FENSA certificate.

Can I replace a window myself?

Do It Yourself is possible with new window installations but should only be undertaken by people with advanced carpentry skills. Installing multiple windows on multiple floors yourself can be a challenging, drawn-out project. In addition, when done incorrectly, it can negatively impact performance and aesthetics.

Are Fensa certificates transferable?

All FENSA registered installers must offer a transferable warranty – there are no exceptions to this, so you should go directly to FENSA if you are having a hard time getting your installer to honour the warranty.

Can you buy a Fensa certificate?

FENSA advise that the quickest way you can both apply for, and obtain a replacement or duplicate FENSA certificate for windows and doors installed in your home after July 2002 is via their website.

Can I fit windows without Fensa?

Anyone can fit windows, you don’t need to be Fensa registered, although that is what alot of people are led to believe. Being Fensa registerd simply means you can self certify your own work, if you aren’t registered you have to get the building officer to inspect and certify the work.

Do you need building regs for replacement windows?

Replacing windows and doors Since April 2002, all replacement glazing has come within the scope of the Building Regulations. This means anyone who installs replacement windows or doors has to comply with new thermal performance standards. (Just replacing the glass is exempt).

How important is a Fensa certificate?

A FENSA certificate is your assurance that the installer who fitted your windows or doors has complied with Building Regulations. It also means that your installation(s) will have been registered with the Local Council. These are legal requirements and proof of them is essential when selling your home.