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The Building Regulations 2010

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Completion certificates

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17.—(1) A local authority shall give a completion certificate in accordance with this regulation and as provided for in paragraph (2) where—

(a)they receive a notice under regulation 16(4) or (5) that building work has been completed, or, that a building has been partly occupied before completion; and

(b)they have either—

(i)been notified, in accordance with regulation 14(4), that the building is a building to which the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies, or will apply after the completion of the work; or

(ii)been requested, in accordance with regulation 14(5), to give a completion certificate.

(2) Where in relation to any building work or, as the case may be, to any part of a building which has been occupied before completion, a local authority have been able to ascertain, after taking all reasonable steps, that the relevant requirements specified in the certificate have been satisfied, they shall give a certificate to that effect.

(3) In this regulation “relevant requirements” mean—

(a)in a case mentioned in paragraph (1)(b)(i), the applicable requirements of regulation 38 and Part B of Schedule 1 (fire safety); and

(b)in a case mentioned in paragraph (1)(b)(ii), any applicable requirements of regulations 26 (target CO2 emission rates for new buildings), 29 (energy performance certificates), 36 (water efficiency of new dwellings) and Schedule 1.

(4) A certificate given in accordance with this regulation shall be evidence (but not conclusive evidence) that the requirements specified in the certificate have been complied with.

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