The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr John Gormley TD, signed into law the provisions of Sections 5 & 6 of the Building Control Act 2007. This is dealt with in the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2009 (SI No. 351 of 2009). The Building Control Regulation of 2009 amended the Building Control Regulations 1997 and prescribed the administrative procedures in respect of the new certification measures provided under Section 5 of the Building Control Act 2007. These measures provide for Regularisation certificate – where a building has been commenced or completed without a Fire Safety Certificate where such Certificate is required.
Revised Fire Safety Certificate in respect of works where an application for Fire Safety Certificate is made before grant of Planning Permission or a significant revision is made to the design of works of a building for which a Fire Safety Certificate has already been granted.
A seven day notice procedure – sets out in the regulations for the submission of a seven day notice to the Building Control Authority where a person attempts to commence work on the construction of a building before grant of the relevant Fire Safety Certificate. Disability Access Certificate – this sets out the requirements for a Disability Access Certificate which will certify compliance at the design stage of certain works with requirements of Part M of the Second Schedule of the Building Regulations 1997-2008 and the application is considered by the Building Control Authority and decision notified in accordance with the Regulations.
Revised Disability Access Certificate – this provides for a revised Disability Access Certificate in respect of works where significant revision is made to the design or works of a building for which a Disability Access Certificate has already been granted.
The Regulations will come into effect on the 1st October 2009 except for the provisions of Article 8 – Disability Access Certificate/Revised Disability Access Certificates which will come into effect on the 1st January 2010.