Commencement Notices

Commencement notices and when are they needed

Commencement notices give notice to the building control authority of the intension to carry out any works or a change of use on their property.

The notice must be submitted on the Building Control Management System (BCMS) website not less than 14 days and not more than 28 days before the commencement of the works or the material change of use.

Subject to exemptions, commencement notices are required for:

  • The erection of a building
  • The material alteration or extension of a building
  • The material change of use of a building
  • Works in connection with the material alteration (excluding minor works) of a shop, office or industrial building

Where can I find more information?

For more information, visit the Building Control Management System (BCMS) website.