Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Construction Phase Plan (CPP)

A Construction Phase Plan (CPP) is a legal requirement of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. Each construction phase plan must:

  • Be relevant to the project
  • Record the health and safety arrangements and site rules for the construction phase of the project
  • Be appropriate for the scale and complexity of the work to be undertaken, considering the risks involved.

Check out the definition of construction below if you think your work is not construction related, or CDM does not apply to your activities, you may be surprised.

The definition of ‘construction’ under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 is very broad. Essentially, if a job involves any form of preparation, construction, alteration, conversion, ‘fitting out’, commissioning, renovation, repair, upkeep, redecoration, maintenance, de-commissioning, demolition or dismantling of a structure it is classed as construction work.

A template construction phase plan template with guidance notes can be found here.

More information on the duties of Clients both commercial and domestic can be found here.


BESA members have access to a free dedicated health and safety helpline. For all of your health and safety questions contact one of our BESA representatives on 01768 860452.