The Commencement Notice

A Commencement notice is a notification to your Building Control Authority that you intend to carry out Building Works to which the Building Regulations apply.


The Commencement Notice should be submitted to your Building Control Authority not less than 14 days and not more than 28 days before the commencement of such works (It is probably preferable to define works as the first physical act of construction), and must be accompanied by the following;

- General Arrangement Drawings

- A schedule of design documents as are currently prepared or to be prepared

- 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;[National BCMS (Building Control Management System)]

- The preliminary inspection plan

- A Certificate of Compliance (Design)

- 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

- 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.

- It must be accompanied by the correct fee.


Copies of Commencement Notices are obtained from your Local Authority, which you can find here


For further information on the Building Control system, view the following document published by The Department of Environment and Local Government PL 11; Guide to Building Control System


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