Client Duties

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Client Duties
Construction Cost Guide 
Key Statutory Timelines 
Heritage and Conservation
Implications for Owners 

In addition to Project Specific Contracts with Design Team, Contractors and Sub contractors , the Client has a number of key Statutory Duties in law.

Consultation with the Local Authority is advised to clarify permitted development and design approach.


  1. To secure Planning Permission for a project and pay related fees, contributions, levies etc unless it is Exempt from Planning requirement.
  2. To maintain and not endanger, neglect  Protected Structures 
  3. In un-zoned rural locations Local Needs Application Forms with documentary proofs  are required to prove the ‘Need’ to live in a particular area for family, farming or other reasons.
  4. To secure a Fire Safety Certificate for most Public accessible buildings and pay appropriate fee, comply with Building Fire regulations .
  5. To Secure a Disabled Access Certificate for most Public accessible buildings and pay appropriate fee, comply with’ Practicable’ design solutions to Universal Access legislation.
  6. In the case of zoned Residential or Mixed Use and Residential Developments – comply with Part V of the Planning and Development Acts and Amendments regarding the provision of Social and Affordable Housing. Exemptions from the requirement exist and in certain cases an Exemption Certificate is required.
  7. To engage a competent professional to perform role of Project Supervisor Design Process during the design process of a building – usually the architect.
  8. New 2013  Health and Safety Regulations 2013  before a project starts on site ( inclusive of domestic projects longer than 30 days , maintenance, and projects with specific risks from June 1st 2013 , Clients, Designers and Contractors have new additional duties and administrative procedures to follow.  )
  9. To engage a competent professional to perform role of Project Supervisor Construction Process during the Construction process of a building- usually the Contractor Foreman .
  10. To maintain a Safety File provided by Contractor at end of Project to ensure safe maintenance of completed project. This includes as-built plans and equipment manuals, contact details etc.
  11. Comply with the Building Regulations through engaging competent designers and contractors.
  12. To provide a BER Certificate for the building to prospective purchasers before sale. This describes the energy rating of the building. A-G



















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