Building Regulations (Part B) Approvals / Fire Safety Certificates

FRS has obtained over 350 Fire Safety Certificates throughout Ireland.  We have very good working relationships with Fire Authorities throughout Ireland.  FRS operates the following process for Clients seeking to obtain the necessary statutory approvals:

  • Initial Review of Design
    FRS undertakes an initial review (free of charge) with a verbal appraisal of the design, identifying issues arising, including potential pitfalls, followed by a written fixed fee quotation for making the application.
  • Publication of FRS Comments to Client
    FRS delivers marked-up drawings of the proposed design confirming our preliminary advice.
  • Development of Frozen Design
    We work together with our Clients to develop optimum compliant designs, greatly increasing certainty for construction programme including cost planning.
  • Compliance Report and Drawings
    FRS is responsible for all aspects of the statutory submission including preparation of full AutoCAD drawing in-house (A0 plotting facility) and publication of documentation (electronic format) to design team
  • Negotiation with Local Approving Authority
    Our good working relationship with Approving Authorities allows us to take responsibility for all negotiations, meetings and further submissions as required to obtain approval within our fixed fee. FRS has formal relationships with UK Approved Inspectors and can facilitate a wider Building Regulations approval.
  • Delivery of Statutory Approval
    This process delivers successful outcomes 100% of the time. Should this not be the case, we will not take a professional fee. In a nutshell - no win, no fee.

 

Example of our preliminary advice to clients
Example of our preliminary advice to clients

What is a Fire Safety Certificate?

In Ireland, a Fire Safety Certificate is a certificate issued by the Building Control Authority which states that the works or building to which the application relates will, if constructed in accordance with the plans and specifications submitted, comply with the requirements of Part B of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations 1997.

Which Developments require a Fire Safety Certificate?

The following developments (other than those listed as exempt below) require a Fire Safety Certificate;

  • Works in connection with the design and construction of a new building.
  • Works in connection with the material alteration of:-
    • A day centre
    • A building containing a flat
    • A hotel, hostel or guest building
    • An institutional building
    • Place of assembly
    • A shopping centre
  • Works in connection with the material alteration of a shop, office or industrial building where additional floor area is being provided within the existing building or where the building is being sub-divided into a number of units for separate occupancy.
  • Works in connection with the extension of a building by more than 25 square metres
  • A building as regards which a material change of use takes place.

Which Developments are exempted from a Fire Safety Certificate?

The following developments are exempted from the requirement to obtain a Fire Safety Certificate;

  • Certain single storey agricultural buildings.
  • A building used as a dwelling other than a flat.
  • A single storey domestic garage.
  • A single storey building ancillary to a dwelling which is used exclusively for recreational or storage purposes or the keeping of plants, birds or animals for domestic purposes and is not used for any trade or business or for human habitation. 
  • Works by a Building Control Authority in it's functional area.
  • Works in connection with a Garda station, a courthouse, a barracks and certain government buildings.
  • Works in connection with the design and construction of a new building