From March 1st 2014, the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (known as BCAR) now provide for a much more intensive system of monitoring and control of certain building or works to ensure compliance with the Building Regulations.
The new legislation requires mandatory design certification, lodgement of plans and particulars, builders supervision and certification, mandatory inspection by an appointed Assigned Certifier with inter-reliance on ancillary certification by key parties involved in the building process.
Along with the Building Regulations which outline minimum construction standards, Building Control Regulations provide for the control mechanisms to support the implementation of standards including such items as Commencement Notices, Fire Safety Certificates, Disability Access Certificates and now, in certain cases, Certificates of Compliance.
The Assigned Certifier is assigned by the Building Owner as required under the Building Control Regulations. They undertake to inspect, and to co-ordinate the inspection activities of others during construction, and to certify the building or works on completion.
The Assigned Certifier’s duties include but are not limited to:
- provide and sign the relevant statutory certificates - the form of undertaking at commencement and the Certificate of Compliance on Completion;
- Co-ordinate and collate all certification of compliance for completion in conjunction with the Builder;
- In consultation with the members of the design team, plan and oversee the implementation of the Inspection Plan during Construction;
- Prepare the Preliminary Inspection Plan and oversee adherence to this plan.
As chartered and registered building surveyors Omega Surveying Services are deemed competent to act as the assigned certifier on projects