Disability Access Certificate

A Disability Access Certificate is a certificate granted by a Building Control Authority which certifies compliance of the design of certain works with the requirements of Part M of the Building Control Regulations.

A Disability Access Certificate is required in respect of : 

  • The construction of a new building (other than a dwelling);
  • The extension of an existing building (other than a dwelling);
  • A material alteration to any building (other than a dwelling); and
  • Certain material change of uses.

 Note: A building should not be opened, operated or occupied unless a Disability Access Certificate has been granted on the building.

An application for a Disability Access Certificate may be Granted; Granted with Conditions; or Rejected. The decision can be appealed to An Bórd Pleanála. The decision must be appealed within 28 days of the decision of the Building Control Authority. 

The Fee for a Disability Access Certificate is €800 (unless the building is subject to any exemption of fees under the Regulations). 

Revised Disability Access Certificate

A Revised Disability Access Certificate is required where significant revisions take place to works or a building where a DAC has already been granted. 

Dispensation or Relaxation of a Requirement of Building Regulations.

A Building Control Authority may grant a dispensation from, or a relaxation of, any requirement of the building regulations.  A decision on an application for a dispensation or relaxation must be made within two months of the date of receipt of the application, unless an extension of time is agreed with the applicant. The decision can be appealed to An Bord Pleanála.