CDM Client Duties
Who is a Commercial Client?
Organisations or individuals for whom a construction project is carried out that is done as part of a business.
Who is a Domestic Client?
People who have construction work carried out on their own home (or the home of a family member) that isNOT done as part of a business.
Commercial Client Duties Summary
Make suitable arrangements for managing a project, including making sure:
- Other duty holders (including Principal Designer and Principal Contractor) are appointed as appropriate
- Sufficient time and resources are allocated
- Make sure relevant information is prepared and provided to other duty holders
- The Principal Designer and Principal Contractor carry out their duties
- Welfare facilities are provided
- HSE are notified about the construction work using F10, if threshold requirements are met.
Domestic Client Duties Summary
Though in scope of CDM, their client duties are normally transferred to:
The contractor for single contractor projects
The Principal Contractor for projects with more than one contractor
However, the domestic client can instead choose to have a written agreement with the Principal Designer to carry out the client duties.
The Domestic Client and The Principal Designer!
CDM applies to all construction work including domestic projects. As a domestic client your duties under CDM are passed on to others who are carrying out the construction work on your behalf (such as designers and contractors). If a domestic client has appointed an architect (or otherdesigner) on a project involving more than one contractor, they can ask them to manage the project and take on the client duties instead of the Principal Contractor. The designer then takes on the responsibilities of PD and must have a written agreement with the domestic client, confirming they have agreed (as PD) to take on the client duties as well as their own responsibilities.
Any designer in charge of co-ordinating and managing a project is assumed to be the PD. However, if they do not have a written agreement with the domestic client to confirm they are taking on the client duties, those duties automatically pass to the Principal Contractor.