The Building Control Management system

The Building Control Management System (BCMS) was implemented in March 2014 and allows property owners, builders, developers, architects and engineers to submit notifications, applications and compliance certificates online.  It provides an internal management system for the processing of notices received online and over the counter in local authorities.  It is now successfully operational in all 31 local authorities.  To date the system has processed approximately 4,000 commencement notices, has over 12,000 unique public users registered and approximately 57,000 documents on a centrally hosted system.

The delivery of the system was a result of the successful collaboration and partnership between the lead local authority, Fingal County Council and the Open Source Team in the LGMA.   An important factor in the success of the project was the participation of County and City Council Chief Executives and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government on the project board and also representatives of the industry partners such as CIF and RIAI.

The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 states that a Commencement Notice should be applied for online using the BCMS. The BCMS will allow building owners to nominate an Assigned Certifier and Builder for the development works. Each party must be registered with the BCMS to fill in or sign their respective parts.

Building Regulations are a set of legal requirements for the design and construction of new buildings, extensions and material alterations to and certain changes of use of existing buildings. Building Regulations provide for, in relation to buildings, the health, safety and welfare of people, conservation of fuel and energy, and access for people with disabilities.

The System

The innovative approach to the system design purposely proposed a separated front-end which mainly collects the information and a back-end which processes the building control information.

The front-end site is located within the www.localgov.ie website (hosted by the LGMA) as a national local authority service.  This system design approach provides the capacity for further forms-based submissions / applications for local authority services to be developed and added to the platform in the future.

The system is centrally hosted on the LGMA shared services infrastructure and this provide us with the ability to build and implement the required system elements quickly.  The system can also take advantage of the backup and disaster recovery services provided by the LGMA.

Further information at www.localgov.ie/