BCAR stands for the Building Control Amendment Regulations S.I. No. 9/2014 BCMS is the Building Control Management Service. The Building Control System aims to ensure the safety of people within the built environment and is centred on the Building Control Acts 1990 to 2014 which provides for the making of Building Regulations and Building Control Regulations. The Building Regulations 1997 – 2014 are a set of legal requirements for the design and construction of new buildings. It also applies to extensions, material alterations and certain changes of use to existing buildings. The Building Control Regulations provide for matters of procedure, administration and control for the purposes of securing the implementation of and compliance with the requirements of the Building Regulations. On the 1st March 2014, new laws relating to the commencement and certification of construction works came into effect (BCAR 2014). The new laws include the nomination of a ‘Builder’ to carry out works in accordance with the Building Regulations, and the nomination of a competent person, an ‘Assigned Certifier’ to inspect the works to ensure compliance with the Building Regulations. The submission of additional documentation with a Commencement Notice at commencement stage, and the introduction of a Certificate of Compliance on completion are some of the new requirements introduced. This documentation is submitted to the appropriate local authority through the online BCMS website.