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House Moving Rules and Regulations in the UK

posted: 15/04/2019

When you organise a house relocation to London or any other part of the Uk you need to be aware of some important regulations. In order to summarise everything in an understandable way, we have sat down with some of the most popular professional movers from the British capital. Here is everything legal wise you need to know when planning and executing a home move.

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Surprisingly there are rules in regards to the type of transportation you use during your house move.

  • The maximum allowed weight of the moving vehicle including fuel and load is 44 tonnes gross. You need to be careful if you are doing an international relocation without the help of a moving company.
  • There are some regulations concerning the dimensions of the lorry. Your moving truck has to be a maximum of 12.5 metres in length and 2.55 in width.
  • By law, all drivers are responsible for their load. This means your movers have to take full responsibility for the contents of their vans even if you don’t have insurance.

Vehicles You Can Use for Your House Move

There are a lot of different types of vehicles aside from the standard car, that you can use to transport your belongings during the house moving process:

  • Flatbed trailer – It allows the transportation of very large cargo, however, it is not advisable to use for your furniture as it has no roof
  • Box trailer – they come in different sizes and are extremely useful
  • Tilt trailer – similar to the flatbed trailer, they are allowed on the UK roads but are not very convenient for a longlasting house move.
  • Curtain-sider – Usually when you organise a big international relocation this is the smartest option, as you can load and unload from both sides. However, always check if its measurements are in the allowed diapason.
  • Swap-body system – most moving trucks have it. This is a big detachable container that is in the back of the lorry. Very convenient for all international movers.
  • Vans – If you are planning a house relocation within the country this is the best way to do it. There are many good moving companies in London that offer a man and van service.

The Documentation You Need

Forms for an international house removal to London

When you are using the services of a moving company, you don’t have to worry about the paperwork as the agency takes care of it. However, if you have decided to do all by yourself, there are a couple of forms you need to prepare.

  • CMR note – This is a consignment note containing the standard transport and liability conditions. They replace the individual businesses’ terms and conditions. According to the CMR note, the carrier has full responsibility but not necessarily ownership of the load that they are transporting.
  • FCR – The Forwarders’ certificate of receipt are used in international movings. It provides the proof needed to confirm the carrier is authorised by the owner of the goods to transport them to a different country.

House Moving with Dangerous Goods

When preparing for an international house moving you must be informed about the UK and EU regulations concerning dangerous goods. When moving from one country to another you need to have a declaration stating that all is fine and you are not carrying anything hazardous. If however, you have something that is included in the UN list of dangerous goods it needs to be declared at the border. Here is the content of that list:

  • Explosives
  • Gases
  • Flammable liquid
  • Flammable solids
  • Oxidising substances
  • Toxic substances
  • Radioactive material
  • Corrosive substances
  • Miscellaneous dangerous goods

If you are unsure if you have any belongings that fall in the listed categories make sure to ask an expert before organising your international relocation to London.

House Moving with Pets and Plants

When it comes to crossing the border with your furry friends, you need to be properly prepared and have the necessary documentation.
International relocations with cats, dogs or ferrets are common and allowed as long as your pet meets the requirements of PETS.

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If you own rodents, rabbits, birds, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles you are in a luck, there are no restrictions in entering the UK with them. Of course, if they are from an endangered species, it is not allowed to own them in the first place.

When entering the UK with exotic non-native animals you need to check with your local experts first. Depending on the animal species, there are different requirements and documentation.

If you are bringing you houseplants along with you, there are 3 important criteria that it needs to fulfil in order to cross the border:

  • The plant must be free of any pests and be completely healthy;
  • It needs to be grown in an EU country;
  • It must be for your own use;

If all this seems a little much, why not just pick a reputable international moving company and have a secure relocation to London. All of the documents and forms will be done for you plus you don’t have to worry when you are crossing the border. It is best to be safe than sorry.

Stephanie Cooper

Stephanie is a content marketing specialist for Top Removals for the past several years. She has extensive experience working with moving companies and knows her audience. Stephanie creates engaging and useful content helping the customers of Top Removals with their struggles and providing them with the most accurate insight.

One response to “House Moving Rules and Regulations in the UK”

  1. Felicity Webb-Carter says:

    During the Lockdown, could you tell me the regulations. We want to move very few pieces from a flat in Battersea, to a Village in Hampshire. About 80 miles one way.
    I would be very grateful if you can help.
    Many thanks

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