Directory of HETAS Qualified Fitters
HETAS Qualified Installers
Your Solid or Multifuel stove should be fited only by a HETAS qualified fitter.
Extract from www.HEATAS.co.uk web site infomation: -
The objective of the Scheme is to ensure that any consumer wishing to have a new appliance or their existing appliance serviced can contact a contractor employing competent engineers.
Registered Companies must employ Registered Engineers and must have the appropriate level of insurance cover in respect of third party liability.
Individual engineers have to be registered with HETAS for which they are required to declare their Technical Qualifications, training and work
experience in connection with domestic solid fuel, wood and approved biomass burning appliances. They must be employed by a Registered
Company and their registration is only valid when working for that company.
Companies can seek Registration as being competent to carry out work in the following areas:
- Full Systems- the installation of solid fuel fired central heating systems
- Dry Systems- the installation of open fires and solid fuel fired appliances not connected to a hot water system
- Service and Maintenance of domestic solid fuel fired appliances
- Chimney Relining: a) Twin wall flexible, b) Rigid Sectional - metal and pumice, c) Other systems meeting requirements of AD J
- Specialist Company: e.g. Technical Consultant, Installer of mechanically fed or other specialist appliances.
- Prefabricated Chimney Systems
The installation, replacement of or alteration to the position of a solid fuel combustion appliance is subject to Building Regulations. Before
proceeding with such works the householder is required by law to give building notice or deposit full plans with the Local Authority Building
Control Department and obtain permission to proceed.
However, for England and Wales, only, the coming into force on 1st April 2002 of SI 2002 No 440 (now superseded by more recent SI’s)
exempts the householder from this legal requirement for the installation of solid fuel fired appliance whose rated heat output is 100kW or less
in a building having no more than 3 storeys (excluding any basement) if a Competent Engineer is employed who is registered under the
Registration Scheme for Companies and Engineers involved in the Installation and Maintenance of Domestic Solid Fuel Fired Equipment
operated by HETAS Ltd. These registered Competent Engineers may also carry out associated building work necessary to ensure that the
installed appliance complies with Building Regulations without involving the Local Authority Building Control Department.
Further information on the operation of Building Regulations and the exemptions can be obtained from the Explanatory Booklet entitled“Building Regulations” which is available from the Department for Communities and Local Government;
(see DCLG web site - http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/buildingregulations)
In Scotland there are different requirements and there is a building warrant scheme in operation, currently administered by SBSA. However,
HETAS in this Guide also lists under the Scotland Installer Scheme, HETAS registered contractors in Scotland employing competent
engineers which have met the HETAS requirements for Registration. Scottish companies marked (*) are also registered as members of the
Competent Persons Scheme (CPS) and although located in Scotland can operate in England and Wales as CPS Registered Companies.
For further information please contact HETAS at:
HETAS Ltd, Orchard Business Centre, Stoke Orchard, Gloucestershire GL52 7RZ. Tel: 0845 634 5626
The benefits of using a HETAS Registered installer are:-
- HETAS registered installers are trained and assessed as competent in the areas of work they are registered for
- HETAS is the ONLY competent persons scheme specialising in solid fuels and wood biomass
- HETAS's scheme covers the range of installation work that an installer may be involved with e.g. dry appliances, appliances with boilers, solid mineral, wood and wood biomass, re-lining of chimneys, hot water and heating systems
- HETAS provides technical and regulations support to its registrants In the rare event that there are complaints about matters of safety or compliance with Building Regulations, consumers can make a complaint to HETAS and we will do our best to help resolve the problem by working with everyone to promote a fair and equitable outcome
Customers using a HETAS Registered Installer will be given a HETAS Certificate of Compliance on the completion of installation work. This is of great help in demonstrating that the job was carried out by a competent individual, working for a HETAS Registered Business. The information on the form is used to record your installation and in England & Wales it is used to notify your Local Authority Building Control Department of the work that was undertaken. This “self certification” by competent registered installers takes the place of a Local Authority Building Notice which could cost you a significant amount of money. The HETAS installer is charged a small fee by HETAS for this service but much less than the charges incurred if you seek a Building Notice via the Local Authority. The information will be available to Solicitors in any home selling process and in future may be used in the proposed Home Information Pack (HIP). Failure to notify the Local Authority (slight variations in process exist between England & Wales and Scotland), can be an offence resulting in action being taken against installers or Householders.
(Note - we are NOT HETAS! We cannot comment or be held responsible for any incorrect or poor nstallations)