The Council will undertake an assessment of a certificate for public use application to establish if the premises can be safely used by the public while affected by building work.
The assessment may include but not limited to the following:
- Adequate restrictions to areas affected by building work, either by the use of barriers and security or including conditions that building work is taking place outside times when the premises are being occupied by members of the public.
- Adequate barriers protecting changes of level within the premises being used.
- Adequate operation of specified systems. This may include temporary modifications to some of the specified systems.
- How the means of escape from a fire is adequately maintained. This may include added signage for route changes and the possible need for an updated evacuation plan.
- How structural integrity is being adequately maintained. This may include temporary propping or bracing.
- How fire and smoke separations are adequately maintained. This may include temporary measures to compensate for compromises created by the building work.
- Adequate amenity within the premises. This may include sealing-off occupied areas from construction noise and dust and maintaining adequate ventilation. It may also include the provision of temporary sanitary facilities to ensure there is a sufficient number for the occupants.
Often the use of premises is staged where one part of the premises is opened up for public use, while construction work progresses and further parts of the premises become ready to be occupied.
This would require a further certificate for public use application to include these areas.
Other changes to circumstances to how the premises are affected by building work may require an amended certificate for public use application depending on the extent of the change.
You may wish to disclose this information in your initial application.