Fire Safety Certificates

What is a Fire Safety Certificate?

A fire certificate is granted after the plans and specifications of a building are assessed by a Fire Officer for compliance with Building Regulations.

4 different types of application exist:

  1. Fire safety certificate application
  2. 7 day notice application
  3. Revised fire safety certificate application
  4. Regularisation certificate application

In order to facilitate the efficient and effective processing of Fire Safety Certificates , please be advised that a Disability Access Certificate will also be required to be submitted at same time.

Any queries in connection with Fire safety Certificates should be forwarded to env@wicklowcoco.ie  or 0404 - 20236

Is there a fee for a Fire Certificate?

Yes application fees apply as in the below document.

Copies of Granted Fire Certificates are available at a cost of €12.50 each.

Building Control Regulations, 2009

These new regulations are cited as the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2009 and they came into effect on the 1st October 2009, except for the provisions of article 8 (Disabled Access Certificate) which shall come into effect on the 1st of January 2010.

A detailed guide to the new Building Control (Amendment) Regulations can be downloaded from the Department of the Environment and Local Government website

The Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government issued Circular Letter BC 10 /2009 in July 2010, in regard to the above Regulations. This Circular is intended to assist Building Control Authorities in the practical implementation of certain Articles of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations, 2009.- S.I. No. 351 of 2009.

These new regulations allow for the following new applications:

7 Day Notice

A 7 day notice shall be submitted to a building control authority where it is proposed to commence work before grant of the relevant fire safety certificate. This notice shall be submitted not less than 7 days in advance of commencement of work.

A commencement notice shall not be required in respect of works or a building in respect of which a 7 day notice is required.

A 7 day notice shall be:

(a) in the form of an application for a 7 day notice fire safety certificate, and

(b) accompanied by –

(i) a valid application for a fire safety certificate from the applicant and accompanied by such plans and particulars as required,

(ii) a 7 day notice statutory declaration, and

(iii) the appropriate application fee.

 

Revised Fire Safety Certificate

A revised fire safety certificate shall be required in respect of works:

  • where the original application for a fire safety certificate was submitted prior to the grant of planning permission, if necessitated by the subsequent grant of such planning permission, for the purpose of ensuring that the revised design arising from the grant of planning permission complies with the requirement of Part B of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations, or
  • where significant revision is made to the design or works of a building or an extension of, a material alteration to or a material change of use of a building in respect of which a fire safety certificate has been granted by a building control authority

Where a revised fire safety certificate is required in respect of all works or building, a person shall not carry out such works or make a material change of use as regards such a building:

  • in the absence of a revised fire safety certificate in respect of the works or building, or
  • in contravention of any conditions subject to which the certificate is granted

An application for a revised fire safety certificate shall be accompanied by:

  1. the form of an application for a revised fire safety certificate
  2. such revised plans (including a site or layout plan and drawings of floors plan, elevations, and sections)(in duplicate) and such other revised calculations, specifications or other particulars as are necessary to
    • identify and describe the works or building to which the applications relates, and
    • enable the building control authority to assess , whether the said works or building would, if constructed in accordance with the said plans, calculations, specifications and other particulars, comply with the requirements of Part B of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations.
  3. the appropriate application fee

Regularisation Certificate

Where works have been commenced or completed in respect of the construction of a building or an extension of or a material alteration to a building without a fire safety certificate or the submission of a 7 day notice, an application shall be submitted to a building control authority for a regularisation certificate

An application for a regularization certificate shall be accompanied by:

  1. drawings of the relevant works as they have been commenced or constructed, so as to enable the building control authority to assess whether the said works, as commenced or as constructed in accordance with the said drawings, documents, and information submitted, will comply or are in compliance, as appropriate, with the requirements of Part B of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations,
  2. a regularisation certificate statutory declaration from the applicant,
  3. and the appropriate application fee

Note: If you are planning on submitting a Regularisation Certification application, please could you contact a Fire Officer beforehand on 01-2117600, for details on our requirements.