Public Buildings 

A “public building” does not necessarily refer to a physical building but more so to a place where members of the public usually or occasionally assemble. It incorporates both permanent and temporary structures, as well as indoor and outdoor gatherings. The assembly of persons must be a formal rather than casual gathering and where the intention of the gathering is for the same period or purpose. Environmental Health Officers conduct regular inspections of public buildings within the City.  


Where a public building is to be constructed, extended or altered it must be assessed against the requirements of the Health (Public Building) Regulations 1992 and if applicable, a public building is to be approved in conjunction with a planning and building approval. 

The following is a list of the steps involved in obtaining public building approval:  

Step 1: 

Step 2 

  • The City will assess the application together with the submitted plans 
  • The applicant will be advised of the application status including whether construction can proceed 

Stage 3 (on completion of constructing, extending or altering a public building): 

Stage 4  

  • An Environmental Health Officer will inspect the public building and if compliant provide a Certificate of Approval. If the building is not compliant a re-inspection fee will be applicable and another inspection request will be required to be submitted.  

Once you receive the Certificate of Approval you are free to operate in line with the Public Building Regulations – Link Health (Public Building) Regulations 1992 

Please refer to the following link for Guidelines on the Application of the Health (Public Building) Regulation 1992. 

Should you wish to make a variation to your Public Building, please complete Form 3 – Application for Variation of Certificate of Approval.  

For more information on temporary public buildings please refer to the Events section of the website.