Establishing a place of business
The following is provided for information purposes only on establishing a place of business in Ireland.
The relevant local authority where the place of business is to be established is the competent authority in Ireland.
The relevant local authority should be contacted directly for all queries in relation to establishing a place of business in Ireland.
Information on documentation to be submitted when establishing a place of business
Service providers establishing a place of business in Ireland are required to comply with all relevant building and planning regulations for their premises.
When establishing a place of business in Ireland service providers may be required to submit the following forms for their place of business to the relevant local authority.
- Complete a Planning Application form in accordance with the appropriate requirements of the local planning authority.
- Complete a Commencment Notice Form and send into the Local Authority with the correct fee in accordance with the requirements of the local planning authority.
- Complete a Fire Safety Certificate Application form in accordance with the requirements of the local authority.
- Complete a DisabilityAccess Certificate application form and send it to the Building Control Authority Section of the relevant local authority in accordance with their requirements.
Information on the relevant forms listed above can be obtained by contacting the relevant local authority where the place of business is to be established.
Rates are a Commercial Charge levied by Local Authorities on the occupiers of commercial and industrial property. Local Authorities collect rates based on property valuations.
The relevant local authority should be contacted directly for all queries in relation to rates.
Further information on Planning and Building requirements
Trade effluent is any liquid waste (other than domestic wastewater and storm water) that is discharged from a business premises to the public sewers. To discharge trade effluent to the sewer, you must apply for a Trade Effluent Discharge to Sewer Licence.
Please find link below to further detailed information on Planning and Building requirements, when establishing a place of business. It provides general information on the procedures entailed covering sample scenarios (e.g. opening a cafe/restaurant)
New Online Building Control Management System
A new online Building Control Management System (BCMS) has been developed by local authorities, with support from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, which enables the electronic submission of Commencement Notices, Certificates of Compliance on Completion and all ancillary documents associated with these statutory requirements to local authorities.
The BCMS has been developed to provide a common platform for clear and consistent administration of building control matters across the local authority sector. It can be accessed at the following link www.localgov.ie/en/BCMS and has been operational since 1st March 2014.
As matters stand, the BCMS does not cater for the statutory processes in respect of Fire Safety Certificates nor Disability Access Certificates although developments are being advanced which will facilitate these in due course (anticipated by end September 2014).
FAQ's on the BCMS system. This includes information on documentation required and fees.
Retail Planning Guidelines
For information on retail planning guidelines issued by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, please click here
For contact details for the local authorities in Ireland please click here