Disability Access Certificates

Disability Access Certificate (DAC)

Article 20 D sets out the requirements for a disability access certificate (DAC) which will certify compliance at design stage of certain works with the requirements of Part M of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations 1997 to 2008.  The DAC will apply to works or buildings pursuant to paragraphs (a) to (e) of Article 11 (1) of Part III of the Regulations.

What is a Disability Access Certificate?

A Disability Access Certificate is a certificate of compliance issued by the Building Control Authority with respect to requirements under Part M of the Building Regulations.
An application for a DAC shall be required in respect of all works or a building to which a Fire safety certificate is required.

Do I need a disability access certificate?

A disability access certificate is required for new buildings other than dwellings (including apartment buildings) which commence or take place on or after 1 January 2010.

It is also required for certain other works (as set out in Article 20 D (1) of SI 351 of 2009) to which the requirements of Part M of the Building Regulations apply. (SI 351 of 2009)

All architects/engineers and builders/developers involved in works to which these regulations apply (i.e. any works or building to which Part III of the Building Control Regulations 1997 apply, and which are intended to be opened, operated or occupied after 1 January 2010), should make themselves familiar with the requirements of these regulations. 

How much does a Disability / Revised Access Certificate cost?

With the exception of certain specified schools, the fee for a disability/revised access certificate shall be €800 per building.

The regulations provide an exemption from payment of fees for a disability access certificate in respect of certain primary schools where the maximum number of mainstream teachers employed is or will be 4 or less.

In order to facilitate the efficient and effective processing of Disability Access Certificates, please arrange to submit to Building Control authority at the same time as submission of Fire Certificate Process.

What do I need to submit with an application for a disability access certificate?

1.           Drawings (including a site or layout plan in duplicate), suitably marked, noted, highlighted (e.g. coloured, toned or other) and such other particulars (e.g. a report) as are necessary to:

a.       Identify and describe the works or building to which the application relates, and

b.       Demonstrate how the building or works comply with the requirements of Part M of the Building Regulations, in particular in relation to the following, where applicable; 

§        Approach to a building

§        Access to a building

§        Circulation within a building

§        Use of facilities within a building 

§        Bedrooms in hotels and other guest accommodations 

§        Sanitary conveniences 

§        Audience or spectator facilities 

§        Apartments in a building

2. Sufficient information should be provided to enable the building control authority to assess whether the works or building would, if constructed in accordance with the said plans and other particulars, comply with the requirements of Part M of the Building Regulations.

3. Completed application form: Application form for a disability access certificate

4. Appropriate application fee

Exemptions

The Regulations amend Article 22 of the 1997 Regulations to provide an exemption from payment of fees for Disability Access Certificates/revised Disability Access Certificates in respect of certain primary schools where the maximum number of mainstream teachers employed is or will be 4 or less.

Revised Disability Access Certificate

A Revised Disability Access Certificate shall be required where significant revision is made to the design or works of a building or an extension of, a material alteration to or a material change of use of a building in respect of which a disability access certificate has been granted by a building control authority.

An application for a Revised Disability Access Certificate in the form specified by the regulations and must be accompanied by

1.   Such drawings (including a site or layout plan )(in duplicate), suitably marked, noted, highlighted (e.g. coloured, toned or other) and such other particulars (e.g. a report) as are necessary,

2. (a)     to identify and describe the works or building to which the application relates, and

(b)        to demonstrate how the Building or works comply with the Requirements of Part M 2000, in particular in relation to the following, where applicable - approach to a building, access to a building, circulation within a building, use of facilities within a building, bedrooms in hotels and other guest accommodations, sanitary conveniences, audience or spectator facilities, apartments in a building. Sufficient information should be provided to enable the building control authority to assess whether the works or building would, if constructed in accordance with the said plans and other particulars, comply with the requirements of Part M 2000.

(c)        To identify the nature and extent of the proposed use and, where appropriate, of the existing use of the building concerned.

3.         Appropriate application fee. The regulations provide an exemption from payment of fees for a revised disability access certificates in respect of certain primary schools where the maximum number of mainstream teachers employed is or will be 4 or less.

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