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Fire Safety Certificates

 

Requirement

With the exception of houses and certain agricultural buildings, a fire safety certificate is required for:

All new buildings
Specified material alterations
Specified extensions
The material change of use of a building
(Note: Full details of classes of development requiring a Fire Safety
Certificate are outlined in the Building Control Regulations 1997, Section 11 ).

Building Control Regulations

The Building Control Regulations 1997 – 2009 has the effect of creating 3 separate certificates when dealing with fire safety.

( a) Fire Safety Certificate

This is required where the applicant proposes a new building, a new building extension, or certain modifications to an existing building.

Fire Safety Certificate Application Form

(b) Revised Fire Safety Certificate

This is required to update the content of a previously granted fire safety certificate, due to proposed or required changes to the building design.

Revised Fire Safety Certificate application form

(c) Regularisation Certificate

This is required where building works requiring a fire safety certificate were commenced or completed post 1st June 1992 without an associated fire cert application.

Any application for a regularisation certificate must be accompanied with a Statutory Declaration. This declaration states that the works comply with part B of the Building Regulations. It also requires the applicant to agree to an inspection by the Building Control Authority and to carry out any additional works required by the Authority.

Regularisation Cert Application Form

Regularisation Cert Statutory Declaration

7 Day Notice

The submission of a Fire Safety Certificate application can be accompanied by a 7 day notice. This is used where a person intends to commence building works before grant of the relevant Fire Safety Certificate (FSC). The Notice must be submitted not less than 7 days in advance of commencement of work and must be in accordance with the requirements of Article 20A (2) of the Regulations. A Commencement Notice will not be required in respect of buildings where a 7 Day notice has been submitted to the building control authority. The 7 Day notice must be accompanied by a valid FSC application and a statutory declaration in respect of the work proposed, but only the fee for the 7 day notice applies.

7 day notice application form

7 day notice statutory declaration form

Fees

The schedule of fees is listed in the

Fifth Schedule of the Building Control Regulations 2009


Fee Exemptions

Development works by certain organisations are exempt from paying Fire Cert application fees (e.g. certain classes of voluntary organisations; not for profit accomodation of homeless persons). Full details are listed in Section 22 of the Building Regulations 1997 - 2009. Where a Fee Exemption is being claimed, a completed Fee Exemption Form must be submitted with the associated application.  

Links

Building Control Acts 1990 and 2007
Building Control Regulations 1997.
Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2009