Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
Produced in partnership with Gowling WLG
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

The following Construction guidance note Produced in partnership with Gowling WLG provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) came into force on 6 April 2015. Their purpose is to make health and safety a fundamental and routine consideration in the planning and management of construction projects and ensure that the duties of the various parties are clear. The policy objectives of the Regulations are to maintain or improve worker protection, simplify regulatory practice, discourage bureaucracy and meet better regulatory principles (they implemented the EU Temporary or Mobile Construction Sites Directive (the 'TMCS')).

The Regulations should be read alongside comprehensive guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE Guidance on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015). The guidance, which is not legally binding, serves to put some flesh onto the bones of the Regulations.

The Regulations apply to all 'construction work' (as defined in regulation 2). In order to comply with the TMCS, which imposed duties on domestic clients; 'client' is defined as 'any person for whom a project is carried out'. The definition is broad enough to cover both domestic and commercial clients. Essentially, a 'domestic client' is someone who has construction work carried out on their own home (or the home of a family member) that is not done in furtherance of a business, whether for profit or not. Although domestic clients fall within the scope of the Regulations, their