Is anyone checking Certifiers are registered?
by Bregs Blog admin team
Is anyone checking that Certifiers are registered?
We have looked at a random selection of Certifiers listed on VALIDATED Commencement Notices since 1 March 2014. Under S.I.9 a Certifier must be either a registered building surveyor, registered engineer or registered architect. There are already concerns about the lack of security in the BCMS system (click post here) which allows anyone to identify them-self as an architect, engineer or surveyor without any checks.
So the checks fall back on individual Building Control Officers in the 34 Local Authorities. They are the ones who have to validate the Commencement Notices and Completion Certs. Our recent Building Control Officer Survey (click post here) indicates that systems are not yet in place to do this. Building Control Departments have not been allocated additional resources to undertake these new duties.
The only information available to them are the website listings of the professions- all three registered professional links are included at the end of the post. This is totally inadequate – Patrick Murphy might be Pat, Paddy or Padraig. He might even be Joseph P. on the Register or J.P. O’ Murchú.
As an example there is a Joe Hogan listed as owner, builder and Certifier on one valid notice. (ref: Clare Co Co). This is a common name in Ireland and there are several variations listed on the architects and engineers register. The local authority have obviously identified which one, but this is another administrative burden on individuals with limited resources.
More importantly, if you are an architect, engineer or surveyor with a name that is similar to another registered professional how do you make sure that YOU are not red-flagged on BCMS because of their history?
Building Surveyors register: click link here
Engineers register: click link here
Architects register: click link here
Other posts of interest:
Building Control Officers: Survey – click link here
No checks of Designer, Builder or Assigned Certifier on #BCMS – click link here
BCMS: Are we getting what it said on the label? – click link here
The BCMS System – A Quickstart Guide… – click link here
Minister Hogan rejects Irish Times Article – click link here
Architectural Technologist: Minister “disrespectful and misleading” in Seanad – click link here