Location Compliance Certificates

What is a Location Compliance Certificate?

In simple terms a Location Compliance Certificate is a bit like a Dangerous Goods Licence. If you hold very flammable substances or oxidising substances at your facility and they exceed the amounts set down in the legislation, you will need a Location Compliance Certificate and a Compliance Certifier will need to visit your facility to issue it. There are some limitations and exceptions to this but these apply mainly to flammable substances stored on farms and to exempt laboratories.


How do I know if I need a Location Compliance Certificate?

The requirements are set out in the Hazardous Substances (Class 1–5 Controls) Regulations 2001. If you hold a Class 2 Flammable Gas, Class 3 Flammable Liquid, Class 4 Flammable Solid or Class 5 Oxidising Agent or Organic Peroxide, you could very well require a Location Compliance Certificate. Class 6 Toxic, and Class 8 Corrosive Substances do not trigger Location Compliance Certificates until 1st December 2018.


Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous  substances) Regulations 2017.


Regulations 13.28 comes into force on 1st December 2018.

(Controls on transit depots where class 6 & 8 substances present).


Regulations 1.4 and 13.34 to 13.37 come into force on 1st June 2019.

(Relates to the establishment of hazardous substance locations for classes 6 & 8)


Regulations 13.38 come into force on 1st December 2019.

(Compliance location certificates required for classes 6.1A, 6.1B, 6.1C & 8.2A)