Fire Safety Certificates or Disability Access Certificates in Ireland

Before Making a Fire Cert Application

What is a Fire Safety Certificate?

A Fire Safety Certificate is a certificate handed out by the Building Control Authority which states that if the building in question is constructed as per the application which is submitted then it will comply Part B [Fire] of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations 2006.

How much does a Fire Safety Certificate cost?

With any Fire Safety Certificate application there is a fee which has to be sent with the application to the council. This is similar to a Planning Application Fee. Each county council differ on these charges. We have outlined a sample of the type of fees you can expect to pay below. This fee is usually non refundable so if your application is not granted you may be left out of pocket of the application fee.
When you are costing your Fire Safety Certificate Application cost for your project you must work out the Fee to the council based on the square meters of the building and add to that the cost of the consultant to prepare the Fire Safety Certificate Application.

Fire Safety Application Fees to the Council

A standard application costs €2.90 per square meter floor area with a minimum fee of €125
A 7 day notice application costs €5.80 per square meter floor area with a minimum fee of €250
A regularisation application €11.60 per square meter floor area with a minimum fee of €500
The above charges can be confirmed on the County Council website which is relevant to your building.

Who can prepare a Fire Safety Certificate application?

Anybody with the relevant knowledge and experience can prepare a Fire Safety Certificate application. However in general this is usually an Architect or Engineer with a strong knowledge in Fire Safety obtained either through experience or by completing a Fire Safety Course.
The content required for a successful Fire Safety Certificate is quite detailed, the engineer must have specialist knowledge of the Fire elements of the Building Regulations. A detailed set of drawings also needs to be sent to the fire authorities with the report.

What buildings is a Fire Safety Certificate required?

A new building, extending an existing building or making a material alteration (changing a building’s use) for any building then you will be required to obtain a Fire Safety Application. The one main exception to this is a two storey domestic dwelling house.
The following lists a sample of what is generally accepted to be considered “exempt” from obtaining a Fire Safety Certificate. Further information can be found with your local county council.

  • Single storey agricultural buildings.
  • A 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.

I need a Fire Safety Certificate. What shoul i do?

A Fire Safety Certificate is applied for around the same time as the Planning Application. The owner of the building, that need a Fire Safety Certificate, will provide a Fire Safety Consultant with a set of planning drawings or construction drawings. The report is then prepared by the consultant and the application is made to the Building Control Authority along with the relevant fee.

Usually in two months the Building Control Authority notifies the applicant of the decision on the application. Construction of the building can then commence as per the specification and drawings set out in the Fire Safety Certificate Application.
If the owner of the building cannot afford to wait the two months required for a decision they can take the route of a 7 Day Notice application.

I simply won’t bother to get a Fire Safety Certificate?

If you carry out building works without obtaining your Fire Safety Certificate then you are liable to be prosecuted under the building control authority. These prosecutions entail heavy fines.
When selling a building a solicitor will not process the sale without a valid Fire Safety Certificate.

Public houses need to be granted a valid Fire Safety Certificate before getting a licence.

What is a 7 Day Notice?

A 7 Day Notice application can be used where it is proposed to carry out building work quicker that the 2 month procedure outlined above. A 7 day notice can be submitted at least 7 days before construction works commence.

This application is more expensive that the standard application method.

What is a Revised Fire Safety Certificate?

When a Fire Safety Certificate has been granted and it is proposed to make alterations to the building’s design then a revised Fire Safety Certificate will be required.

What is a Regularisation Certificate?

A regularisation certificate is required where work has already commenced on a building or where the works on a building has been completed. The costs involved in this type of application are substantially higher than a standard application.

The fire certificate authorities may also not pass what has already been constructed leaving the client with the expense of making major changes to the building.

What exactly does a Fire Safety Certificate Application contain?

The report and drawings are the main components of the application. The fee and the relevant application forms will also be required with the submission to the Authorities in Counties Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and Kerry.

Feel fee to contact Nationwide Fire Safety in Cork on 086 840 3638

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Insurance Engineer Reports

Insurance Required Engineering Reports

Building Safety ChecklistInsurers often request engineers reports to document damage connected to incidents such as fire, flood or subsidence, a detailed report may be necessary for the insurers of the property.

We provide the appropriate investigation and further testing as appropriate to produce a comprehensive assessment of the event.

Engineer’s report may contain.

Your engineer may conduct a structural survey of the property for you, to see whether, as far as they can tell, the property is structurally sound. Walls or the foundations of your house, will be able to see if there are any obvious structural faults like subsidence, that you need to know about now. Have your engineer inspect the boundaries of your property. Your engineer would compare the map attached to the property to the boundaries, walls and fences that are actually on the ground, to confirm whether the map is correct.

Pre-Purchase Property Report Cork

House Surveys Cork

House Surveys & Engineers Reports. Get your Property Pre-Purchase surveys.

A Pre–Purchase House Survey is a Report?

At its most basic level its a building inspectors report. The Pre–Purchase House Survey and building inspection report is the one you get before you buy a property.

Basically its a report on the structural safety of a building. Our pre–purchase survey inspection report contains more than just structural issues.

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Building Fire Survey

The Survey is more suitable where a purchaser is not interested in the other factors that affect a buildings value. We also provide these.

Surveys and inspections/reports are usually carried out before you exchange sale contracts so you can identify any problems with the property which could prove costly to repair.

 

Do I need a structural engineers report?

The main reason is you should get a house survey/engineers report done before buying a house or rental property:

  • You will know in advance what the problems are, cracked walls, chimney damage etc
  • You are able to negotiate a lower price for the house so that you won’t have to pay to repair the problems, i.e. a roof replacement, and know approximately what these problems will cost

These house survey are also know as structural surveys, building inspections, building surveys or pre-purchase surveys and property surveys.

Property survey is to give the buyer or owner a evaluation of the overall current condition of a property. We survey residential and commercial buildings.

We will exam the property and carry out a comprehensive report, summing up the results and this report is provided to the client.

Compliance with Statutory Requirements, e.g. planning, fire safety, and all structural damage is assessed, can also be carried out in conjunction with these reports.

These reports are ideal for solicitors and bank managers.

We carrying out inspection surveys of domestic, residential and commercial buildings and dwellings.

Kinsale Red Cross Cork Unit fire Safety Survey

Kinsale Red Cross Unit Fire Safety Survey

Kinsale Red Cross Unit Fire Safety Survey

Kinsale Red Cross Cork Unit fire Safety Survey
Kinsale Red Cross Unit fire Safety Survey

Nationwide Fire Safety were hired by the Kinsale Red Cross unit to carry out a fire safety survey on these premises in Cork.

Fire safety surveys will enable the responsible person to keep on top of fire safety issues.

Fire safety surveys are of great benefit prior to an inspection by the local authority fire officer.

By having a fire safety survey carried out it will give you the opportunity to have any upgrade work carried out at an early stage.

It will mean that you are complying with the safety Health and welfare at work act with regard to fire safety standards.

Pre-Purchase Survey and Engineer Report Carrigaline Cork

Pre-Purchase Survey and Engineer Report Two Storey Dwelling

Pre-Purchase Survey and Engineer Report for Two Storey Dwelling House in Carrigaline Co Cork.

Pre-Purchase Survey and Engineer Report Carrigaline Cork
Pre-Purchase Survey and Engineer Report Carrigaline

Nationwide Fire Safety were hired to carry out a pre-purchase survey and compile an engineer’s report on this domestic house prior to contracts being signed and money being transfered.

Fire Safety Survey Doctors Surgery Limerick

Fire Safety Survey Doctors Surgery

Fire Safety Survey Doctors Surgery Limerick
Fire Safety Survey for Doctors Surgery

Nationwide Fire Safety were hired to carry out a fire safety survey on this Doctors Surgery prior to upgrade work being carried out.

Nationwide Fire Safety were then hired to prepare and submit a fire safety certificate application to Limerick City and County Council. We are approved by all Council’s in Ireland.

Percision Cork Fire Safety Survey.

Precision Cork Building Fire Safety Survey

Percison Cork Fire Safety Survey
Precision Cork Building Fire Safety Survey

Precision Cork Tool Co. Ltd. family owned business. Manufacturing of precision machined components based in Ireland. Nationwide Fire Safety were hired to carry out a fire safety survey on these premises.

Fire safety surveys will enable the responsible person to keep on top of fire safety issues.

The fire safety survey was in order to comply with the safety Health and welfare at Work Act with regard to fire safety standards in Ireland.

Nationwide Fire Safety carried out a detailed report prior to inspection by Cork County Councils Fire Officers. We also carry out Disability Certificates for those buildings that need them.

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Fire Safety Risk Assessment

Fire Safety Risk Assessment

A fire safety risk assessment is an evaluation of your premises and the activities carried on there for the purpose of determining the likelihood of a fire occurring and causing harm to people on and around the premises.

Purpose of a Fire Safety Risk Assessment

The purpose of a Safety Risk Assessment is to identify what action you need to take to prevent a fire from occurring and what action you need to take to ensure the safety of people on and around the premises.

In Section 18(2)(Act at the bottom of page) of The Fire Services Acts 1981 & 2003 the department imposes a statutory duty of care on a Person or Persons responsible for having control over a premises to which the public is admitted to take all reasonable measures to guard against the outbreak of fire. To prepare and provide appropriate fire safety procedures for ensuring the safety of persons on the premises.

It is not possible to prepare and provide fire safety procedures that are “appropriate” to the premises without undertaking a risk assessment or evaluation of the hazards and risks that are particular to the premises.

A fire risk assessment is an essential starting point for the proactive fire safety management and risk-proportionate fire precautions required by Section 18(2).

What does a fire risk assessment involve?

The fire risk assessment will be completed using the 9-step of PAS 79:2012. To conduct the fire risk assessment, we will visit your premises and undertake an evaluation of the following:

  • Detecting fire and raising the alarm
  • Emergency escape lighting
  • Fire doors and fire exits
  • Fire-stopping and compartmentalisation (a visual assessment)
  • Flammability of linings
  • Fire fighting equipment testing and evaluation
  • Management of fire safety and recording systems
  • Fire safety policy and procedures for the building
  • Emergency evacuation plans
  • Fire safety signs and notices
  • Provisions for vulnerable and disabled persons
  • Staff instruction, drills, training, and hazard awareness
  • Inspection, testing and maintenance routines
  • Best means of escape are recorded
  • Fire hazards and people at risk
  • Smoke control systems
  • Fire brigade facilities
  • Fire certificate conditions
  • Flammable and hazardous substances, handling and storage
  • We will go through Fire safety legislative, regulatory, and CoP compliance

This completed report will assess the adequacy of the existing fire precautions and include comprehensive and clear findings that are easy to understand, covering all aspects of fire safety on your premises,

We provide an action plan with recommendations to rectify problem areas and to strengthen existing fire safety measures.

We will consult with you on the completed report, explaining it and  providing advise on how its recommendations can be implemented.

 


Fire Fighting and Fire Safety

General obligations with regard to fire safety.

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Building Fire Safety Checklist in Ireland

 

(1) This section applies to premises or any part thereof put to any of the following uses—

(a) use as, or for any purpose involving the provision of, sleeping accommodation, excluding premises consisting of a dwelling house occupied as a single dwelling;

(b) use as, or as part of, an institution providing treatment or care;

(c) use for purposes of entertainment, recreation or instruction or for the purpose of any club, society or association;

(d) use for purposes of teaching, training or research;

(e) use for any purpose involving access to the premises by members of the public, whether on payment or otherwise; and

(f) use for any other prescribed purpose, but excluding—

(i) premises used as a factory within the meaning of the Safety in Industry Acts, 1955 and 1980;

(ii) premises used as a store and subject to licensing under regulations made under the Dangerous Substances Act, 1972 ;

(iii) a magazine, store or registered premises within the meaning of the Explosives Act, 1875; and

(iv) an oil jetty within the meaning of regulations under the Dangerous Substances Act, 1972 .

(2) It shall be the duty of every person having control over premises to which this section applies to take all reasonable measures to guard against the outbreak of fire on such premises, and to ensure as far as is reasonably practicable the safety of persons on the premises in the event of an outbreak of fire.

(3) It shall be the duty of every person, being on premises to which this section applies, to conduct himself in such a way as to ensure that as far as is reasonably practicable any person on the premises is not exposed to danger from fire as a consequence of any act or omission of his.

(4) A fire authority may give advice in relation to fire safety to the owner or occupier of any premises or to any person having control over any premises.

Taken from fire services act 18 – 1981

Fire Safety Certification In Cork Ireland

Fire Safety Certificate Application

How to get a Fire Safety Certificate Application

Fire Safety Certification In Cork Ireland
Fire Safety Certificate Application for Nursing Home in Cork

The Building Control Acts 1990 and 2007.  Outlined two main sets of regulations, the Building Regulations 1997 to 2013 was set up to have a sets standards for building works and the Building Control Regulations in the years 1997 to 2014.

This puts procedures in place to control building works. The Fire Safety Certificate Application procedure is part of the control element and is administered by the Building Control Authority in Cork City Council.

 

It is an offense to do works that require a fire safety certificate until a Fire Safety Certificate has been granted. 

You can not lodge your commencement notice to start works until you have received a Fire Safety Certificate.