The role of Assigned Certifier was enacted into Irish Legalisation by SI no 9 of the 2014 Building Control amendment regulations. An opt out option was included put the role and responsibility of Architects and Engineers who were appointed to projects, on a legal footing to ensure compliance with building regulations. An opt out option was included allow people who were self-building or building a one-off house to opt out of appointing an Assigned Certifier and hence registering the project on BCMS, the issuing of a commencement notice and associated test and inspection plan
At TA Group we believe this opt out clause was never required. Chartered Architects and Chartered Engineers act as Employers Representatives and Project Managers. They are responsible for ensuring they carry their duties with due care and diligence, their design is fit for purpose and in accordance with relevant regulations. From this point the only extra burden to a project or design team member in fulfilling the role of Assigned Certifier is additional inspections on site of the Contractors works, which we believe a Client would very much rather this, than less inspections.
In today’s environment, with a higher degree of regulation, a higher standard of design and quality demand, more complex buildings, more complex building materials and technologies, the client / building owners must appoint/select a Design Team member who will ultimately manage the design and construction of the project, ensure compliance, and issue a Certificate of Compliance on Completion.
A commencement notice is required to give notice to Building Control Authorities of the erection of such buildings, or classes of buildings, or the carrying out of such works, or classes of works, as may be specified in the regulations. Note that each party (owner, designer, builder and assigned certifier) to the notice must first register with the BCMS.
A building or works may also require a Fire Safety Certificate Application, a Disability Access Certificate Application and a Certificate of Compliance on Completion. The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations SI 9 of 2014 recommends this BCMS site as the preferred means of electronic building control administration.
Why use an Assigned Certifier
In today’s environment, there is a higher degree of regulation and a higher standard of design and quality demand, more complex buildings, more complex building materials and technologies.
The client / building owners must appoint/select a Design Team member who will ultimately manage the design and construction of the project, ensure compliance inspecting and certifying building and works, and issue a Certificate of Compliance on Completion.
Benefits of TA Group as an Assigned Certifier
- Ensure compliance with building control acts
- Registered Architect
- Inspection and Certification
- Design Certifier
- Building Surveyor
- Ancillary Certificates