Certificates / Opinions of Compliance
Our Certificates of Compliance are prepared in accordance with the formats recommended by the Law Society of Ireland Conveyancing Handbook.
Quick Query Form
A Certificate of Compliance is required for all new build work and for any alteration, addition or extension work to an existing property to ensure that all works have been carried out in accordance with any planning permission granted and the Building Regulations.
Opinions of Compliance fulfill the same function as a Certificate of Compliance, however, are provided following completion of the building works. As part of our Pre-Purchase Surveys, we identify where Certificates of Compliance with the Building / Planning Regulations will be required to be produced by the Vendor of the property.
Typical alterations that require Certificates of Compliance with Building and Planning Regulations:
Our Pre-Purchase Surveys/Home Inspections, carried out by Registered and Chartered Building Surveyors, provide a detailed report highlighting any defects or compliance issues that could be expensive to remedy post-sale.
Certification with Building Regulations is required for any works carried out after the 1st June 1992; however, transitional arrangements also apply. Building Bye-Laws (depending on whether such Bye-Laws were in force) apply prior to this in certain parts of the country.
Most rear extensions are planning exempt but the Exempted Development Regulations are very specific. A site inspection, therefore, is always required to confirm ‘Exempted Development’ status.
Planning Permission must be obtained for any extension works constructed forward of the rear building line.
Structural alterations such as the removal of load-bearing walls or attic conversions must comply with Part (A) Structure of the Building Regulations.
External Alterations to Facades
As such works are considered an ‘improvement’ to a residential dwelling, planning is not required assuming the changes are relatively minor in nature. Any alterations substantially affecting the appearance of a property could very well required Planning Permission. If doubt exists a ‘Section 5’ Declaration should be obtained from the Local Authority.
Pre Purchase Survey
A Pre-Purchase Home Survey, sometimes called a ‘structural survey’, is a thorough internal and external inspection of a property to determine its condition.
Mortgage Valuations are required by your lending institution to apportion a current value to the property you are purchasing.
We produce Land Registry Compliant Maps for First Registration purposes.
We provide Certificates of Compliance / Opinions of Compliance in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, and surrounding counties. To book your Certificate of Compliance survey simply fill in the quick query form or call us in Dublin on 01 6856935 or Galway on 091-399935.
Areas covered by our surveys
Building and Planning Regulations
BER (Building Energy Rating)
- Essential Repairs
- Desirable Repairs