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Tag: S.I.No9

No checks of Designer, Builder or Assigned Certifier on #BCMS

by Mark Stephens


One of the key omissions with the new Building Control Management System (BCMS) is that there appears to be no checks on the legitimacy and qualifications of the person registering for the system and the legitimacy and qualifications when assigning the Designer, Builder or Assigned Certifier.

Currently (as the system stands) you can undertake the following:

• Register for the system under a fake email and user name, as this is all that is required. There would appear to be no checks upon the identity of the person actually registering for the system. Other public service websites such as Revenue Online Service (ROS) require certificates/passwords to be sent out in post.

• There would appear to be no checks upon the legitimacy or qualifications of the Designer or Assigned Certifier. This could possibly mean that fictitious names and qualifications can be used to assign the Designer or Assigned Certifier and it may also allows legitimate registration numbers of Architects, Chartered Engineers and registered Building Surveyors to be used illegally by others without check. This may be of concern to professional firms advertised publicly on the Homebond register.

• There would appear to be no checks upon the name or qualifications of the builder. You could possibly use a fictitious name of a builder and the system may allow this to be an Assigned Builder.

These key omissions should have been implemented as part of S.I.No.9 and are why deferral had been requested. The above post does not in any way seek to promote fraudulent use of the BMCS system.

The BCMS System – A Quickstart Guide…

by Mark Stephens

This is the first post intended as a ‘Quickstart’ guide to the new S.I.No.9 of 2014 BCMS system. It’s only my initial overview and is not a thorough step by step tutorial:

1. Go to

2. You’ll then need to register with a User Name & email address;


3. Go to your emails to activate the registration and set a password

4. You will then need to register your qualifications as Designer, Builder or Assigned Certifier

5. To create a new application click on: New Application:


6. Choose either:

New Seven day Notice Application or

New Commencement Notice Application

6. Below is screen grab for New Commencement Notice Application:


Complete as required & click SAVE

7. You will then need to give the project particulars:


Complete as required & click SAVE

8. You will then need to add the Documentation for the project; this is where you download and upload Commencement Notices etc… The principle is that you download the appropriate notice, print, sign and date an auto-completed notice. Then scan this document to be uploaded as your submission.


9. To submit the Building Regulation compliant specifications & drawings etc… you click on Add or Edit Document at the bottom of this screen

10. You then choose the supporting document type from a pull-down menu and upload the relevant file:


11. The final stage is to make the appropriate Payment:


This post will be updated with more detailed information, notes & comments as the system is implemented and we receive feedback. If you have any problems or comments in using the system, please Comment below…