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How do you get a Commencement notice for an extension years after the extension was built

  • 20-10-2021 4:31pm
    Registered Users Posts: 5,368 ✭✭✭ JimmyVik

    A friend is selling their house.

    They have an extension that was built with planning permission.

    However the buyers solicitor has requested a commencement notice or a receipt for it.

    My friend does not think a commencement notice was ever sent in. They checked with the builder and the builder is pleading ignorance.

    The extension is built 7 years now.

    Anyone know how they go about getting this for the buyers?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,419 ✭✭✭ Wildly Boaring


    Has it a completion cert?

  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 16,311 Mod ✭✭✭✭ DOCARCH

    You cannot get a retrospective commencement notice.

  • Moderators, Regional North West Moderators Posts: 43,693 Mod ✭✭✭✭ muffler

    A commencement notice is submitted before works commence but cant be done retrospectively. Their solicitor will need to convey that to the buyers solicitors and hope for the best.

    A cert of compliance with PP can be got but with building regs the best anyone can offer is a walk through type cert.

  • Moderators, Regional North West Moderators Posts: 43,693 Mod ✭✭✭✭ muffler

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,368 ✭✭✭ JimmyVik

    Thanks guys.

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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 31,977 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Gumbo

    Just to add, the builder can plead ignorance here, it wasn’t his job to submit a commencement notice. That falls on the building owner, your friend.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,368 ✭✭✭ JimmyVik

    Thanks Guys.

    He checked with the solicitor who told him that this kind of thing is overlooked very often and wont cause a problem with the sale of the house, unless you get a total dick solicitor. His solicitor will just state that here is the planning permission and due to an oversight the commencement cert was not sent in, or words to that effect.

  • Moderators, Regional North West Moderators Posts: 43,693 Mod ✭✭✭✭ muffler

    In fairness I am aware of a few sales that progressed smoothly over the years in similar circumstances but as you rightly point out it is down to the legal eagles at the end of the day. However if the purchaser is happy to proceed on the basis of no commencement notice having been submitted then most solicitors are happy enough to proceed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,368 ✭✭✭ JimmyVik

    It does seem like a non issue to be fair.

    Wither its there or its not. If its not and, as pointed by you guys in this thread, it cant be got after the fact. There really is nothing that can be done about it, so best just to ignore it.

    Now if you could fix it retrospectively then im sure there would be merit in holding out for it.