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How do I submit a Commencement Notice submission to the Building Control Authority for a Commencement Notice with Opt Out Declaration?


The following must be completed via the BCMS system in order to submit a valid commencement notice with opt out declaration:

1. Create a new commencement notice with opt out declaration via the BCMS system, you must be a registered user to do so.

2. Complete an online assessment, via the BCMS by a registered user, of the proposed approach to compliance with the requirements of the Second Schedule of the Building Regulations.

3. Assign Roles - The following roles must be assigned when creating a commencement notice with compliance documentation

  • Building Owner
  • Designer
  • Builder

Each of the above nominated parties must be a registered user of the BCMS system prior to assignment of the role. Once the role have been assigned the nominated parties must log in to their BCMS account and accept their role(s). Upon accepting their roles the nominated parties will be required to sign and upload the following forms:

  • Building Owner - Form of Commencement Notice, Notice of Assignment of Builder, Declaration of Intention to Opt Out of Statutory Certification

4. General Arrangement Drawings such as plans, sections, elevations should be uploaded to the BCMS system. Where relevant compliance statement report should also be uploaded.

5. Schedule of Documents - a schedule of such plans, calculations, specifications, and particulars as are currently designed or to be prepared at a later date must be uploaded to the BCMS system.

Note: The Schedule of Documents (plans, calculations, specifications, ancillary certificates, and particulars) may be relied on to demonstrate compliance with Building Regulations. All/some of these documents may be requested by the Building Control Authority.