There is no set definition within the UK Construction industry as to what small building works, or minor building works are. The terms can cover a wide range of construction work including alterations, refurbishments, house extensions, loft conversions, repairs and maintenance.
The home improvement market is one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK construction industry according to government and industry sources worth around £12bn a year.
Good news for builders is the growing rise in do-it-for-me because of a lack of experience amongst the younger generation and the increasingly hectic lifestyle of consumers. Additionally, rather than moving to a bigger house, many people are choosing to invest in their existing property with alterations, extensions, or loft conversions
There are generally two terms used within the construction industry to describe building works; they are either 'major works', larger scale projects, or 'small works' and 'minor works', for smaller building jobs.
For contractual purposes, small and minor works are primarily jobs that have a value of less that £250,000, are simple and straightforward projects that should not last more than twelve months and where the client is responsible for procuring the design and any drawing, or specifications.
Check out our subcategories on choosing the right form of building contract for the work being done and the list of books and guides on how to arrange and manage any construction work.