Replacing a certifier

In certain circumstances, property owners can replace the principal certifier of a development.

There are two options to replace a principal certifier:

Option one

The fastest and easier way is to reach agreement between you, the current principal certifier, and proposed new principal certifier.

The new certifier notifies the council and the existing principal certifier, using the Replace Principal Certifier Notification form.

You can only appoint the replacement principal certifier once notice is given to the council (and the consent authority where this isn't the council).

Option two

If all three parties can't agree, submit a Replace Principal Certifier Application form to Fair trading providing a good reason to replace your certifier.

The application must be from you or someone with your written authorisation.

You can’t appoint a new certifier unless Fair Trading approves, and the council and former certifier have been notified.

Certifiers whose accreditation is expired, suspended or cancelled

Your certifier must tell you immediately if their registration is expired, suspended or cancelled.

If this happens, submit a replace principal certifier form to Fair Trading. The application fee is waived in these circumstances.

Replacing a swimming pool certifier

If you’re not happy with your current certifier, you can get another registered certifier or the local council to inspect your swimming pool.

  • If a notice of non-compliance has already been issued, the certifier who issued it is required to send the notice to the council if you don’t obtain a certificate of compliance within six weeks.
  • The law doesn't require the first certifier to provide records about your pool to the new certifier. Certifiers must record each inspection on the Swimming Pool Register. These results will be available to the new certifier.

To find a swimming pool certifier, visit the Swimming Pool Register.

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