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Commencement notices

Lodgment of a commencement notice gives notice to the building control authority of the intention to erect such buildings, or classes of buildings or the carrying out of such works or classes of works, as may be specified in the regulations.

Commencement notice

The notice must be submitted on the Building Control Management System (BCMS) website not less than 14 days and not more than 28 days before the commencement of the works or the material change of use.

Subject to exemptions, commencement notices are required for:

  • The erection of a building
  • The material alteration or extension of a building
  • The material change of use of a building
  • Works in connection with the material alteration (excluding minor works) of a shop, office or industrial building

Commencement notices can be submitted online below:

7 Day notice

Article 20A sets out the procedure for submission of a 7 day notice application to a building control authority where a person intends to commence work on the construction of a building before grant of the relevant fire safety certificate (FSC). This notice must be accompanied by a 7 day notice statutory declaration form which declares that the works will comply with the building regulations and that any modifications required by the Fire Safety Certificate will be completed within the specified time. The notice must be submitted not less than 7 days in advance of commencement of work and must be in accordance with the requirements of Article 20A(2) of the regulations.

A 7 Day Notice application should be considered and a decision made thereon in accordance with the requirements of article 20A (3) and 20A (4) of the regulations.

The regulations amend article 12 so as to provide that a commencement notice will not be required in respect of buildings where a 7 day notice has been submitted.

The 7 Day Notice process must be initiated on the website below:

If you have any queries please contact the Clare County Council, Building Control Authority on (065) 6846302.


Page last reviewed: 08/05/20

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