Once an application for Building Warrant is ready to be made, the Approved Certifier of Design (Building Structures) generates a certificate from the SER system.

The certificate fee is a charge by SER to the client, but it is the member's responsibility to collect the certificate fee.

Initial certificate fees

The fee for each certificate is calculated from the total estimated project value. The total estimated project value is that shown on the application for building warrant. Certificate fees may be calculated from the table below. All certificates are subject to VAT.

Please note that our minimum initial certificate fee is £35

Additional certificate fees

Subsequent certificates associated with the same project will cost £25 unless the estimated project value has increased (in which case the fee will be the greater of the difference between the fee payable for the revised project value and that paid previously, or £25).

Are there any differences between old and new certificates? +

There is now only 1 type of certificate rather than the previous 3. Where conversion work is included in the work certified this will be recorded on the certificate. The description of works should detail the new build, alteration/extension, and conversion elements of the project.

When creating a certificate Certifiers will be asked to identify the Risk Group of the building being certified and this will be recorded on the certificate. Risk Groups RG2A, RG2B and RG3 correspond to Risk Classifications RC2A, RC2B and RC3 for disproportionate collapse. RC1 is split into two Risk Groups RG1A and RG1B, with RG1B covering houses or extensions to houses of larger size or non-traditional construction. The Risk Group that is selected for the project affects the items that an Approved Certifier is able to select on the Schedule 1 for that certificate. Guidance Note 12 - Guidance on the use of the Building Risk Group Matrix, gives further information on this and links Risk Groups to the level of checking required.

Two new schedules are being introduced. These are:

• List of information used for the purposes of certification - which is to be used to record the structural drawings and specifications, relevant architect's drawings etc, which were used. (It will be possible to either upload a document containing the list or list the individual items directly on the certificate.)

• Items to be certified in a later stage - giving a list of the structural elements which will be certified as part of a later stage (for a non-staged application it will be blank) - Please note that this schedule only applies to staged projects and should therefore be left blank for non-staged projects.

Both of these schedules will be submitted to the Verifier.

How has Schedule 1 changed and what is included in the new risk groups? +

The items which are permitted to be listed on Schedule 1 to a certificate are determined by the Risk Group of the building and are given below.

RG1A and RG1B:
1. Piling
2. Vibro stone columns
3. Precast foundation systems
4. Precast concrete floor units
5. Precast concrete stairs
6. Timber roof trusses
7. Steelwork connections
8. Pedestrian barriers
9. Glazing

RG2A and RG2B:
1. Piling
2. Vibro stone columns
3. Precast concrete floors
4. Precast concrete stairs
5. Timber roof trusses
6. Steelwork connections

RG3: None

Can I pay online? +

Yes, we prefer that all payments are made online where possible.

There is also provision to pay via cheque. For payments over £1,000 we are also able to accept payment via BACS.

Can Sole Practitioners produce certificates? +

Sole Practitioners may certify provided they are registered as both an Approved Certifier and an Approved Body.

Have the fees changed? +

The minimum certificate fee has risen to £35 + VAT.

Additional certificates such as stages or amendments to warrant will still cost £25 + VAT unless there has been a significant increase in project value since the previous certificate was generated.

 

VAT of 20% is payable on all certificates

 
Value of Works Warrant Fee SER Fee Payable
£0 – £5,000 £150.00 £35.00
£5,00 – £15,500 £169.00 £35.00
£5,501 – £6,000 £188.00 £35.00
£6,001 – £6,500 £207.00 £35.00
£6,501 – £7,000 £226.00 £35.00
£7,001 – £7,500 £245.00 £35.00
£7,501 – £8,000 £264.00 £35.00
£8,001 – £8,500 £283.00 £35.00
£8,501 – £9,000 £302.00 £35.00
£9,001 – £9,500 £321.00 £35.00
£9,501 – £10,000 £340.00 £35.00
£10,001 – £11,000 £359.00 £35.00
£11,001 – £12,000 £378.00 £35.00
£12,001 – £13,000 £397.00 £35.00
£13,001 – £14,000 £416.00 £35.00
£14,001 – £15,000 £435.00 £35.00
£15,001 – £16,000 £454.00 £35.00
£16,001 – £17,000 £473.00 £35.00
£17,001 – £18,000 £492.00 £35.00
£18,001 – £19,000 £511.00 £35.00
£19,001 – £20,000 £530.00 £35.00
£20,001 – £30,000 £593.00 £35.00
£30,001 – £40,000 £656.00 £35.00
£40,001 – £50,000 £719.00 £35.00
£50,001 – £60,000 £782.00 £35.00
£60,001 – £70,000 £845.00 £35.00
£70,001 – £80,000 £908.00 £35.00
£80,001 – £90,000 £971.00 £35.00
£90,001 – £100,000 £1,034.00 £35.00
£100,001 – £120,000 £1,137.00 £35.00
£120,001 – £140,000 £1,240.00 £35.00
£140,001 – £160,000 £1,343.00 £35.40
£160,001 – £180,000 £1,446.00 £38.40
£180,001 – £200,000 £1,549.00 £41.40
£200,001 – £220,000 £1,652.00 £44.40
£220,001 – £240,000 £1,755.00 £47.40
£240,001 – £260,000 £1,858.00 £50.40
£260,001 – £280,000 £1,961.00 £53.40
£280,001 – £300,000 £2,064.00 £56.40
£300,001 – £320,000 £2,167.00 £59.40
£320,001 – £340,000 £2,270.00 £62.40
£340,001 – £360,000 £2,373.00 £65.40
£360,001 – £380,000 £2,476.00 £68.40
£380,001 – £400,000 £2,579.00 £71.40
£400,001 – £420,000 £2,682.00 £74.40
£420,001 – £440,000 £2,785.00 £77.40
£440,001 – £460,000 £2,888.00 £80.40
£460,001 – £480,000 £2,991.00 £83.40
£480,001 – £500,000 £3,094.00 £86.40
£500,001 – £550,000 £3,272.00 £91.65
£550,001 – £600,000 £3,450.00 £96.90
£600,001 – £650,000 £3,628.00 £102.15
£650,001 – £700,000 £3,806.00 £107.40
£700,001 – £750,000 £3,984.00 £112.65
£750,001 – £800,000 £4,162.00 £117.90
£800,001 – £850,000 £4,340.00 £123.15
£850,001 – £900,000 £4,518.00 £128.40
£900,001 – £950,000 £4,696.00 £133.65
£950,001 – £1,000,000 £4,874.00 £138.90
And for every £100,000 or part thereof over 1 million Add £253.00 Add £7.50