A Disability Access Certificate (DAC) is a certificate of compliance issued by the Building Control Authority with respect to requirements under Part M of the Building Regulations.
The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2009 came into effect on 1 October 2009. Provisions of Article 8 (Disabled Access Certificate) came into effect on 1 January 2010. A detailed guide to the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations can be found at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government website.
What is a Disability Access Certificate?
An application for a DAC shall be required in respect of all works or a building to which a Fire Safety Certificate is required. No works may commence without a valid Disability Access Certificate.
An application for a disability access certificate shall be accompanied by:
- Such plans (including a site or layout plan) (in duplicate) and such other particulars as are necessary to:
- identify and describe the works or building to which the application relates
- enable the building control authority to assess, whether the said works or building would, if constructed in accordance with the said plans and other particulars, comply with the requirements of Part M of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations
- identify the nature and extent of the proposed use and, where appropriate, of the existing use of the building concerned
- appropriate application fee