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All you need to know about applying to join our register

Joining the NHBC register

You can apply to register with us either as a builder or a developer. An NHBC registered builder can build and sell homes with the benefit of NHBC warranty and insurance cover such as Buildmark. An NHBC registered developer can only sell homes with our warranty and insurance cover where they have employed an NHBC registered builder to build the homes for them.

Anyone registered with us will need to comply with the NHBC Rules.

To get started you need to apply for an application pack. You can do that here when you’re ready. In the meantime, you may want to find out more about the application process and the costs involved. Click on the relevant icon below to read more.

Application process

Costs

FAQs

Application process

1. Getting started

Complete your application form and return it to us with the appropriate fee and a Site Notification and Initial Notice (SNIN) form. The SNIN tells us about the site that you plan to develop and want Buildmark cover for. You should send this in as early as you can.

Builders

NHBC registered builders are able to build homes with the benefit of our Buildmark cover* directly for sale to home purchasers or on behalf of our registered developers and housing associations.

Developers

NHBC registered developers can offer homes directly for sale to home purchasers with the benefit of our Buildmark cover* but must employ an NHBC registered builder to construct the homes.

* A registered builder or developer is entitled to apply to register a home for Buildmark cover.

2. Application acknowledgement

We will acknowledge receipt of your application and send you a copy of the NHBC Standards, and also how to access these online. We will also give you details of your Building Inspector.

If this is your first site then we will notify you of the name of your Building Inspector for that site. You must contact them to make arrangements for them to carry out the initial inspection.

All inspections will be carried out on a without prejudice basis until it is confirmed that you are registered and have paid the Buildmark fees for the individual plots.

3. Application assessment

Next we will complete a commercial assessment, and if you have applied to be registered as a builder we will also undertake a technical assessment.

The commercial assessments

If you are registering as a builder, at this time we will advise on if we require a form of security.

Adverse information may affect your application.

The technical assessment

This is only for applicants applying to the Register as a builder, NHBC will assess your technical ability to build to NHBC standards. We will carry out a site based assessment, consider any prior history you may have with NHBC and your general construction experience.

If we undertake a site based assessment you will need to put forward at least one new build home for us to inspect at key stages in the build. This should be from foundation level up until we have seen sufficient work to be able to decide on your suitability for registration, this will usually be the first fix stage. We will provide contact details of the Building Inspector who will be carrying out the assessment, and it will be your responsibility to give notice to the Building Inspector when a key stage will be ready for inspection.

As part of the technical assessment, you will be required to undertake an online induction, which ends in an assessment. You will also be required to undertake a site health and safety inspection.

4. Offer of registration

After successful completion of the assessment process, we will make a formal offer of NHBC registration to you.

Each offer of registration will contain the following conditions that form the basis of our future working relationship:

an agreement to adhere to the NHBC Rules

an agreement to register any homes being inspected by NHBC for warranty without delay

an agreement on the number of homes you propose to register for warranty in the short to medium term future

confirmation of the Premium Rating relevant to your application

a request for security, if applicable, which NHBC may call on if you are unable to meet your liabilities under Buildmark. (Please refer to the appropriate Buildmark policy for further information)

The security we require would be requested as a result of the commercial assessment, and please note that additional conditions could be required.

5. Accepting our offer of registration

You formally sign and return the conditions of registration to us.

Once we have received this, we aim to place you on the NHBC Register within 24 hours at which point you will be able to proceed with registering your homes for Buildmark cover.

6. Welcome to the NHBC Register and next steps

Upon receipt of your conditions of registration we send you your Registration Certificate and your NHBC publicity material.

You can now register your plots for NHBC Buildmark and can use NHBC for Building Control services, as well as advertise yourself as being NHBC registered.

7. Obtaining NHBC Buildmark cover for your site

During the course of your application for registration, we will send you a Product Plot Schedule form. This form lists which plots on your site you would like to register for Buildmark cover. You will need to complete and return it to us to generate your quotation.

We cannot issue a quotation unless the builder (and developer if applicable) involved on a site are NHBC registered.

Once you accept the quotation and pay the Buildmark fee, we will send you an activation code for each plot. You can use this to access your Buildmark documentation online. Please be aware that every plot registered will have individual warranty fees.

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Costs of registration

When you apply there is an initial one-off application fee. Once registered with us there is an annual renewal fee.

Fees

When you apply there is an initial one-off application fee. Once registered with us there is an annual renewal fee. Please be aware that every plot registered will have individual warranty fees.

Application fee

When you apply for registration there is an initial one-off, non-refundable fee of:

New builder application fee - £1,024 + VAT

Subsidiary builder fee - £711 + VAT

Note: Companies under the same ownership and controlled by the same directors may be 'grouped' and be treated as a single entity for warranty Premium Rating purposes.

Annual renewal fee

Once registered with us, your annual renewal fee will be payable in April each year. The fee is based on the number of homes you registered for warranty during the previous calendar year.

Renewal questions

Buildmark warranty fees

Our standard warranty fees for new builders and developers will apply for each new home you wish to register with us.

This fee is determined by the estimated sale value of each new home for new-build or conversion properties. For any properties being constructed for social housing on behalf of a Housing Association it would be determined by the overall contract price and net development cost.

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Save on future warranty fees with premium rating

Due to our Premium Rating scheme the warranty fees you pay over time should reduce.

Our Premium Rating scheme offers an increasing discount subject to your claims history and the time you’ve been registered with us. The better your claims history (compared to our national average) and the longer you've been with us, the more you'll save.

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Frequently asked questions

You may have a number of questions about joining NHBC. Set out below are answers to the questions we're asked most often.

Why do I need to register?

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Only builders and developers who are on the NHBC Register can sell homes with the NHBC Buildmark range of Cover. NHBC registered builders also receive a range of benefits, including the best available savings on tools and materials from TradePoint, discounts on Site and Land Appraisal Reports, and exclusive NHBC pricing on Business Insurances.

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How long does it take after I apply before I am registered?

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If you're a developer, we will usually offer registration within 10 working days from receipt of your application. This would be subject to the results of our commercial assessment and other checks carried out during the application process.

If you're a builder, we need to carry out a technical assessment by inspecting one of your new home builds on site. Therefore, the length of the application process is dependent on the time it takes for you to construct a home to at least first fix stage for the purposes of this technical assessment.

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How soon will I be able to start work on site?

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Once we have received your registration application and your Site Notification and Initial Notice (SNIN), we will appoint an NHBC building inspector and let you know their name. This inspector will carry out the technical assessment on your site as part of your application process.

You can start work on site as soon as you have notified your inspector that work is due to commence so that he/she has an opportunity to inspect the work from the outset.

You need to submit your SNIN at least 28 days prior to work commencing - and 8 weeks in advance for any sites deemed as hazardous or non-traditional.

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What happens once NHBC has received my application form, SNIN and fee?

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On receipt of your application, we will send you a copy of the NHBC Technical Standards. We will then begin the assessment process.

For a developer, this means a commercial assessment will be undertaken before we can offer registration, and for a builder there would also be a technical assessment.

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If I leave the NHBC register am I able to re-join?

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Yes, you are able to re-join the register in one of two ways as long as the reason for you leaving was not associated with a breach of the NHBC Rules.

1 - If you are looking to re-join the register within 12 months of leaving you can apply to be reinstated – download a reinstatement application form here. Please note that if your request for reinstatement is successful any annual renewal fees that maybe due will need to be paid prior to us reinstating you.

2 - If you have been off of the register for longer than 12 months you may have to go through the full application process as if a new builder and pay the associated fee. In this instance we suggest that you to contact our Customer Services team on 0344 633 1000 who will be able to advise you as to whether a full application will be required.

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What is the commercial assessment?

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We will undertake personal and/or other searches of your company before we can make a formal offer of registration. Any adverse information may have an affect on your overall application.

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What is the technical assessment?

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The technical assessment consists of an assessment of work being carried out on site. You will need to put forward at least one new build home for us to inspect at key stages in the build.

This needs to be from foundation level up until we have seen sufficient work to be able to decide on your suitability for registration - usually to at least first fix stage. The assessment will look at construction standards, site management capabilities and health and safety procedures.

As part of the technical assessment, you will also be required to attend an Applicant Builder Technical Training day on the NHBC Technical Standards and the responsibilities that NHBC registration entails.

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Can I put forward more than one site for assessment?

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Although possible, this is not something we would recommend, as potentially both sites could be put at risk of not achieving cover if the assessment is not successful.

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What happens if my technical assessment is not successful?

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If the site work assessment is not successful, then your application for NHBC registration would be rejected and any plots put forward would not qualify for cover.

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Will you require security for my registration?

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We do usually require a form of security. Details of this will be sent to you with your offer of registration.

Under the terms of the NHBC Buildmark cover the first two years are the responsibility of the party registering the plots. If that party is unable to meet those responsibilities, then NHBC would be required to step in.

This means that each application received may be subject to a form of security (e.g. personal indemnity, holding company indemnity, bank bond or cash deposit) in case you are unable to meet your obligations.

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What is Grouping?

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Companies under the same ownership and controlled by the same directors may elect to be treated as a single entity for Premium Rating purposes. This is done by 'grouping' the companies together. Similarly, companies who are trading groups within the definitions of the Companies Act have the same choice. All members of a 'group' are placed on the same Premium Rating, which is determined by the registration date of the earliest currently registered entity. Once a 'group' is formed, individual companies cannot be taken out of it without special dispensation from NHBC. Newly acquired companies may be added to a 'group' and will take the 'group' Premium Rating.

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What is Premium Rating?

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NHBC's Premium Rating scheme works on the same principle as your no claims bonus for car insurance. Just as good drivers benefit from discount, good builders and developers pay reduced home-registration fees.

Your premium rating is based on your claims record and the amount of time you have been on the NHBC Register. We use this rating to calculate how much you should pay to register homes. The scheme aims to encourage quality in the industry as builders with a poor claims record inevitably pay higher premiums. This should motivate builders to improve their standards.

Newly registered builders pay a standard rate, while registered builders who have kept up high standards over many years, benefit from a discounted rate because NHBC values good building practices.

More about Premium Rating

Download Premium Rating booklet

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What are Premium Refunds?

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Premium refunds are an incentive for builders to achieve high standards and low levels of claims.

Download Premium Refunds booklet

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How do I register my plots for warranty?

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During the course of your application for registration, we will send you a Product Plot Schedule form. This form lists which plots on your site you would like to register for Buildmark cover. You will need to complete and return it to us to generate your quotation.

We cannot issue a quotation unless all parties (Builder and Developer if separate) involved on a site are NHBC registered.

Once you accept the quotation and pay the Buildmark fee, we will send your warranty plot activation codes.

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What are my responsibilities once registered?

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Once registered, you will have certain obligations which are set out in the NHBC Rules of registration. These form the basis of the contract between you and NHBC.

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The Rules govern the behaviour and obligations of both parties; in particular they give NHBC the right to expel any builder or developer from the register not only for poor workmanship, but also for failure to remedy defects and other significant breaches of the NHBC Rules. The names of expelled builders and developers, along with the reasons for expulsion, may be publicised.

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What happens if my first proposed site with you is a conversion?

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A conversion is defined as a dwelling reliant on any existing structure. For new applicant builders, a conversion is not usually acceptable for your technical assessment. Please call 0844 633 1000 and ask for 'Customer Services' to discuss this before submitting your application for registration.

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Call 0344 633 1000 and ask for 'Customer Services' or send us an email.

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