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.
CLIENT STATUTORY DUTIES
- To secure Planning Permission for a project and pay related fees, contributions, levies etc unless it is Exempt from Planning requirement.
- To maintain and not endanger, neglect Protected Structures
- 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.
- To secure a Fire Safety Certificate for most Public accessible buildings and pay appropriate fee, comply with Building Fire regulations .
- To Secure a Disabled Access Certificate for most Public accessible buildings and pay appropriate fee, comply with’ Practicable’ design solutions to Universal Access legislation.
- 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.
- To engage a competent professional to perform role of Project Supervisor Design Process during the design process of a building – usually the architect.
- 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. )
- To engage a competent professional to perform role of Project Supervisor Construction Process during the Construction process of a building- usually the Contractor Foreman .
- 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.
- Comply with the Building Regulations through engaging competent designers and contractors.
- To provide a BER Certificate for the building to prospective purchasers before sale. This describes the energy rating of the building. A-G