Before you start building

Once you have planning permission and before you start building there are forms that you will need to send in to us.  Depending on what you are building, you may need to send in a Commencement Notice or a 7 Day Notice, Fire Safety Certificate and Disability Access Certificate.

Commencement Notices and 7 Day Notices

Please note that in accordance with the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (S.I. 9) of 2014 from the 1st March, 2014 new Commencement Notices procedures apply. Additional documentation may be required to be submitted with the completed Commencement Notice; and this should be completed on-line on the National BCMS (Building Control Management System).

 In accordance with the Building Control Regulations you are obliged to submit a Commencement Notice or a 7 Day Notice Application Form with a 7 Day Statutory Declaration‌ prior to commencement of the development.

A Commencement Notice must be received by the Building Control Authority not less than 14 days and not more than 28 days before you wish to commence. 

A Commencement Notice is relevant in all cases, except where a Fire Safety Certificate is required and one has not yet been granted.  In this case the correct form to use is a 7 Day Notice.

Requirements for Completion of Commencement Notices

Commencement Notices are required for the following:

  • The erection of a building
  • A material alteration of a building
  • An extension to a building
  • A material change of use of a building
  • Works in connection with the material alteration (excluding minor works) of a shop, office or industrial building where a Fire Safety Certificate is not required

A Commencement Notice is not required for:

  • Works or a change of use which requires neither planning permission, nor a Fire Safety Certificate

 Please note that in accordance with the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (S.I. 9) of 2014 from the 1st March, 2014 new Commencement Notices procedures apply.

Additional documentation will be required to be submitted with the completed Commencement Notice for;

(a) the design and construction of a new dwelling,
(b) an extension to a dwelling involving a total floor area greater than 40 square metres,
(c) works to which Part III applies S.I. No. 496 of 1997 as amended-.

and should be completed on-line on the National BCMS (Building Control Management System).

For all other works not included in the above only the completed Commencement Notice is required to be signed and submitted or filed electronically on the National BCMS.

Submitting a Commencement Notice

For works requiring additional documentation a completed copy of the commencement notice must be signed by the owner of the works and must (refer to section 9 S.I. No 9 of 2014) be accompanied by the following;

  1. General Arrangement Drawings
  2. A schedule of design documents as are currently prepared or to be prepared
  3. An online assessment via the Building Control Management System of the proposed approach to compliance with the requirements of the Building Regulations 1997 to 2014;
  4. The preliminary inspection plan
  5. A Certificate of Compliance (Design)
  6. Notices of Assignment in respect of the Builder who will carry out the works and of the Assigned Certifier who will inspectand certify the works, and
  7. Certificates of Compliance signed by the Builder and the Assigned Certifier undertaking to carry-out their roles inaccordance with the requirements of the Building Regulations.
  8. It must be accompanied by the correct fee.  Along with the notice the accompanying documentation and appropriate fee you must submit evidence of the following, if applicable:

The Following Reference Numbers should be included.

Final Grant of Planning Permission

A Fire Safety Certificate (if required)  Application for Fire Safety Certificate

A Disability Access Certificate (if required)  Disability Access Certificate form

With regard to the above, please note that:

  1. The Designer and the Assigned Certifier must be a Chartered Engineer, or Registered Architect or Registered Surveyor
  2. A Competent Builder must execute the work
  3. Your drawings must show details of how your Building will comply with the Building Regulations - drawings submitted forplanning permission purposes are not typically building control compliance drawings.
  4. The commencement notice and accompanying documentation must be filed electronically via the online Building ControlManagement System.  Where notices and documentation are submitted in written format, the building control authority willarrange for scanning and uploading of same for which an administrative charge will apply and statutory deadlines relating to such notices may be delayed by up to seven days.

(Note: Statutory approvals relating to fire safety and disabled access continue to apply where relevant and are not affected by the above changes).

 Check the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations, 2014 ( S.I. No. 9) and Code of Practice for Inspecting and Certifying Building work , for further information.

Fee for a Commencement Notice

€30 in respect of each building if complete application submitted on-line
Maximum fee for a Commencement Notice is €3,800 (Admin charges not included in max fee).
N.B.  Further Administrative Fees for Documents submitted in paper format 

Building Control Administrative Charges 2014 

Submitting a Seven Day Statutory Notice

A 7 Day Notice must be received here at least 7 days prior to commencement of work and must be accompanied by a signed and witnessed 7 Day Statutory Declaration. Along with the notice, declaration and relevant fee you must submit the following:-

Application for Fire Safety Certificate 

Fee for a 7 Day Notice

€250 or €5.80 per square metre of floor area being provided, whichever is the greater, for works in connection with:

The construction or extension of a building

(i)the material alteration of the interior of a building
(ii)the material alteration of the external surfaces of a building (€250 fixed fee)
(iii)a combination of (i) and (ii) above
a building in which a material change of use takes place

However, for works or a building where use is agricultural the fee is €130.00 or €1.60 for each square metre in excess of 300 square metres of:

(i) gross floor area being provided or
(ii) relevant floor area
as case may be, whichever is the greater. 

Viewing Commencement Notices and 7 Day Notices

The Register is available to view at the following link. Contact us at 01 8905542 or email [email protected] for further information.

Construction Products Regulations (CPR)


  • From July 2013, CE MARKING of construction products covered by harmonised European Standards is mandatory.
  • Manufacturers, importers and distributors have new obligations and responsibilities when placing a construction product on the market.
  • Designers, specifiers and builders must be aware and understand the new requirements on construction products. 


The EU Construction Products Regulation (No.305/2011 – CPR) lays down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products and is directly applicable in its entirety in Irish law.  It is therefore essential that all parties to the construction product supply chain learn and understand its requirements. 


The general objectives and main instruments of the Construction Products Directive (CPD) have not changed in the CPR.  The CPD, as an internal market Directive, aims to overcome the technical barriers to trade which arise where different countries in Europe have different standards, testing and labelling approaches for the same construction products.  The CPR shares this goal and is intended to clarify, simplify and improve the credibility of the system.  The CPR will continue to use the instruments developed for the CPD, but introduces stricter and more transparent procedures and amends some of the terminology in order to be more precise. 

The four key instruments are:

  • A system of harmonised technical specifications
  • An agreed system of Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance as above
  • A framework of notified bodies
  • The CE Marking label

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County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin
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