What do I need to know about gas boiler regulations?

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What do I need to know about gas boiler regulations?

Postby admin » Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:46 pm

Gas boilers are a common feature in many modern homes, providing hot water that can be used either for heating rooms or for hot showers and baths.

As the name suggests, gas boilers use a gas supply to create the flames to provide heat, unlike electric boilers that use electricity to heat an element.

Due to the dangerous nature of piped gas, the fitting and repair of gas boilers is regulated by law in the UK.

As a result, it is important to be aware of gas boiler regulations if you are considering having a new gas boiler fitted, or if you have queries regarding your existing gas boiler appliance.

From 1 April 2009 gas boilers can only legally be fitted by a ‘Gas Safe’ registered installer.

The Gas Safe register is the official list of engineers approved to carry out gas boiler installations and repairs in the UK, the Isle of Man and Guernsey.

Boiler regulations

The law states that your local authority should be notified if you install a new heat-producing gas appliance such as a gas fire or a gas boiler.

Only a Gas Safe registered heating engineer can install the device, and it is the Gas Safe engineer that will notify your council. The law requires the Gas Safe engineer to notify the council within 30 days of installation.

Once notified by your Gas Safe engineer, your local council should issue you with a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate.

It typically takes around 10-15 working days for your certificate to arrive. The certificate is important as it belongs with your house and should be passed to any new owner if you sell the property later on.

Do I need planning permission?

If you are installing a gas boiler you do not normally need planning permission, providing the work that is being carried out is purely internal.

The main exception to this is if you live in a listed building, when special regulations are likely to apply.

If your new boiler requires a flue to be fitted outside then there is a chance you may require planning permission, unless the flue fits specific criteria.

These criteria include the flue not extending 1m above the highest part of the roof.

Energy efficiency

From 1 April 2005 it has been necessary to obtain building regulation approval from your local council when you fit a new boiler.

Part of the reason for this is the promotion of energy efficient heating systems to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint.

As a result of these changes, gas boilers are required to be condensing type boilers.

Condensing boilers are 12% more efficient than other types of boilers, primarily because they trap heat from the escaping emissions to boost their efficiency.


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