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Disability Access Certificates – The application and assessment process

OHAC recently ran a training session that was attended by both Building Control Officers and those making Disability Access Certificate (DAC) applications.  Numerous discussions, exercises and question & answer sessions formed part of the training and some interesting discussions took place relating to the application and assessment process.  One of these discussions related to what level of information should be provided in DAC applications.  Some of the comments/questions included:

Another detailed discussion related to when an applicant should apply for a relaxation or a dispensation.  This lead to interesting discussion relating to ‘what grounds should someone apply for a relaxation and dispensation’ but also where to go and find out more information on the statutory requirements (For further details on statutory requirements see section 4 and 5 of the Building Control Act 1990-2007).  It also came to light that a number of local authorities may require a relaxation to accompany the DAC application while others will allow for the description of the area being relaxed to be written into the DAC application itself.  This highlights the lack of consistency between local authorities in their approach to assessing the DAC applications.

Click here for further information on the Disability Access Certificate Application process  alternatively if you have any questions on the Disability Access Certificate application process please do not hesitate to contact us on 01-4151285 or [email protected].