Client Duties under CDM 2015

A client is an organisation or individual for whom a construction project is carried out.

Summary of role/main duties

Make suitable arrangements for managing a project. This includes making sure that:

  • other duty holders are appointed
  • sufficient time and resources are allocated

Clients must also make sure that:

  • relevant information is prepared and provided to other duty holders
  •  the principal designer and principal contractor carry out their duties
  •  welfare facilities are provided
  •  The Health and Safety Executive are informed if the project is ‘notifiable’

A project is ‘notifiable’ if the construction work on a construction site is scheduled to:

  •  last longer than 30 working days and have more than 20 workers working simultaneously at any point in the project; or
  • exceed 500 person days

Where a project is notifiable, the client must give notice in writing to the Health & Safety Executive as soon as is practicable before the construction phase begins.

What’s the difference between a client and a domestic client?

A domestic client is someone who has construction work done on their own home, or the home of a family member, which is not done in connection with a business. Local authorities, housing associations, charities, landlords and other businesses may own domestic properties but they are not a domestic client for the purposes of CDM 2015. If the work is in connection with a business attached to domestic premises, such as a shop, the client is NOT a domestic client.

CITB Guidance Notes