Regularisation Fire Safety Certificates
What is a Regularisation Fire Certificate?
A regularisation certificate is granted by a building control authority in respect of works on non-domestic buildings and apartments blocks which were commenced or completed without the necessary fire safety certificate (FSC). The certificate may be granted with or without conditions or refused. There is provision for an appeal to An Bord Pleanala in such cases. The appeal must be lodged within 1 month of the date of the decision on the application.
A period of 4 months is set down to comply with conditions which may be inserted by the building control authority in a regularisation certificate. There is no mechanism to extend. It is an offence to commence work on a building without a FSC (where required) and the regularisation cert is a chance to be in compliance with the fire safety certification regime. If the works are not carried out within the 4 month period, the certificate will not have effect.
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. A solicitor can sign a statutory declaration when s/he is also a Commissioner of Oaths. However, a solicitor shall not exercise these powers in any proceedings in which he is solicitor to any of the parties or in which he has an interest.
An inspection of the building by an authorised Person from the Building Control Authority is required before a decision is made on the application.
Tubridy Engineering will compile and supply to the local authority the following to support you application:
Site location map
Elevations and sections
Compliance document (showing compliance with part B of the Building Regulations.)
and other particulars that are necessary to:
Identify and describe the building / works to which the application relates
Illustrate that the building / works will comply with the requirements of Part B (Sections 1-5) of the first schedule to the building regulations.
The extent to which plans and compliance document will be required to establish compliance with building regulations will vary in individual cases depending on the type, size and complexity of the building