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Code of Construction Practice

Westminster’s new Code of Construction Practice (CoCP) has now been adopted.

View the Code of Construction Practice (PDF, 9.32MB).

Code of Construction Practice

The purpose of the new code is to monitor, control and manage construction impacts on sites throughout Westminster. It will apply to all new basement schemes with immediate effect, and to all other developments from September 2016. 

The code sets out the standards and procedures to which developers and contractors must adhere to when undertaking construction of major projects. This will assist with managing the environmental impacts​ and will identify the main responsibilities and requirements of developers and contractors in constructing their projects. 

Code of Construction Practice documents 

Code of Construction Practice 2016 (PDF, 9.32MB) 

Further info on the CoCP practice (docx, 59KB) 

Code of construction practice leaflet (PDF, 1.2MB)

When it applies

The code classifies developments according to their size with different obligations and fees payable depending on the size of project.

The code requires the largest strategic schemes (‘Level 1’) and other major schemes (‘Level 2’) broadly all new build residential projects over 10 units or other floorspace exceeding 1000m2, as well as all basements to sign up to the Code of Construction Practice. This will ensure that sites:

  • will be inspected and monitored by the council’s Code of Construction Practice Team
  • undertake community liaison, informing neighbours about key stages of the development and giving contact details for site personnel
  •  pay the charges arising from site inspections and monitoring (smaller sites will not pay fees, but are expected to take into account the good practice measures set out in the code)
  • ensure that contractors and sub-contractors also comply with the code requirements

When submitting draft or formal copies of the Appendix A checklist to either the Planning or Environmental Sciences teams, please:

You will need approval from the Environmental Sciences team before applying to discharge the condition on your planning permission.


Appendix a - checklists (PDF, 137KB)

Appendix b - legislation and guidance (docx, 209KB)

Appendix c - glossary (docx, 87KB)

Appendix d -contact details (docx, 51KB)

Appendix e - employment and skills plan (docx, 475KB)

Appendix f - code of construction charges (PDF, 193KB)

Appendix g - SEMP template (docx, 153KB)

Appendix h - CMP template (docx, 125KB)

Appendix i - map of TLRN (docx, 110KB)

CMP/SEMP's submitted for review must include social distancing measures in accordance with the government guidance which can be found here

Section 61 templates

Find out more about dispensations, variations, overruns and emergency works (PDF, 74KB).

Section 61 prior consent form (docx, 29KB)

Section 61 dispensation form (docx, 31KB)

Section 61 overrun notification form (PDF, 191KB)

Section 61 variation form (PDF, 105KB)

Section 60 - basements

Basement developments which fall under Westminster’s CoCP are not generally required to make an application under Section 61 Control of Pollution Act 1974. However, from 2 January 2018 the council will serve Section 60 Notices on all CoCP basement developments. These Section 60s will reflect the standard CoCP requirements (eg CoCP working hours), any additional conditions will always be discussed with the principal contractor. 

From 1st November 2020 Code of Construction charges and monitoring costs have changed.  See appendix f - code of construction fees and charges above for amended costs.
Last updated: 27 November 2020