Authorised Inspector Activity - conditions for obtaining authorisation

1. 5. 2014 | Source: Point of Single Contact (PSC) Czech Republic

The present document sets forth the conditions and further information applying to awarding authorisation for providing the services of an authorised inspector.

  • Conditions for granting a licence
  • Licence application requirements
  • Further information on the licensing procedure

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Conditions for granting a licence

The Minister for Local Development shall appoint as an authorised inspector an individual who:

  1. has applied for appointment as an authorised inspector
  2. has completed a Master’s degree in the field of architecture or civil construction and is an authorised entity pursuant to the Act 360/1992 Coll., on the Profession of Authorised Architects and Authorised Engineers and Technicians active in construction, as amended
  3. can demonstrate at least 15 years of experience in project design or professional site management or at the construction authority, provided that they possess a certificate of special professional eligibility pursuant to Articles 21 to 26 Act No. 312/2002 Coll., on Officials of Local Self-Government Units and Amendment of Certain Acts, as amended by Act No. 46/2004 Coll.
  4. has demonstrated their probity by furnishing an extract from the Criminal Register not older than 3 months (probity may not be claimed by anyone who:
    • has been found conclusively guilty of a criminal offence they committed in association with the preparation or implementation of constructions, or with the activity of an authorised inspector under the said Act
    • has been subject by the Chamber to a fine as a means of disciplinary action or to the suspension or removal of authorisation, unless the same has been withdrawn by the court at the request of the authorised entity pursuant to Article 22, Paragraph 3 Act No. 360/1992 Coll., as amended by Act No. 224/2003 Coll.)
  5. has demonstrated to be in possession of legal and specialised knowledge and experience required for the pursuit of the profession by passing a test before an expert committee whose members are appointed and dismissed by the Minister for Local Development
  6. has demonstrated his or her disciplinary probity

Subject to the conditions stipulated under Paragraph 1 Letters a), b), d) and e) and following a statement by the Czech Chamber of Architects or the Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians (hereinafter referred to as the "Chamber"), an expert from a university, research or scientific institution may be appointed as an authorised inspector even if they do not comply with the specified experience requirements.

Licence application requirements

The application for appointment as authorised inspector and for the issuance of the certificate of appointment shall be submitted based on results of the eligibility test for appointment as an authorised inspector taken under Article 143, Paragraph 1(e) of the Construction Act, with the requirements for the same as specified in Annex 3 to the Decree No. 498/2006 Coll., on Authorised Inspectors, which comprises the following data and documents:

  1. surname, name, academic title
  2. date of birth
  3. permanent address or reported address in the territory of the Czech Republic or residential address abroad
  4. number of authorisation, field and specialisation or registration number with the Chamber
  5. date of taking the test
  6. date and signature of the applicant

Annexes:

  1. extract from the Criminal Register not older than 3 months
  2. documentary proof of payment of the administrative fee (Article 143, Paragraph 3, Construction Act)

Further information on the licence proceedings

Type of licence

  • Appointment by the Minister for Local Development

Respective authority

  • The Czech Chamber of Architects and Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians, which gather, register, update and provide information conducive to the operations of authorised inspectors and contractors of their services pursuant to Article 150 of the Construction Act and Article 6 of Decree No. 498/2006 Coll., on Authorised Inspectors.

Control and supervisory bodies

  • The Ministry for Local Development oversees preparation for the test and the curricula and procedure to be employed during tests, checks the background documentation for appointing and dismissing authorised inspectors, supervises the operations of the Chamber and the implementation its agenda. In co-operation with construction authorities, they also supervise activity undertaken by authorised inspectors and may submit a proposal for authorisation to be withdrawn from an authorised inspector (Article 150, Paragraph 1 Construction Act).

Procedure for granting a licence

  • Persons interested in obtaining authorisation must initially take a professional eligibility test. Once they pass the test, applicants shall submit an application to be appointed an authorised inspector. The Minister for Local Development shall appoint the applicant as an authorised inspector with the latter receiving an appointment certificate.

Application clearing deadline

  • With no undue delay, at the latest within 30 days (pursuant to the Administrative Code)

Fees

  • When applying for a certificate of appointment as an authorised inspector or when a legal entity applies to be granted approval to conduct the activities of an authorised inspector, the payable fee, pursuant to Act No. 634/2004 Coll., on Administrative Fees, as amended, amounts to CZK 10,000.
  • Persons wanting to be appointed as an authorised inspector shall bear the costs associated with the preparation and taking of the test (Article 150, Paragraph 1, Construction Act).
  • Authorised inspectors shall pay annual contributions to the Chamber as their share in reimbursing costs associated with the gathering, registering, updating and providing of information conducive to the operations undertaken by an authorised inspector; the amount of the contribution is identical to contributions paid by designated members of the Chamber (Article 150, Paragraph 2, Construction Act).

Validity period of licence

  • An authorised inspector is appointed to the position with competence throughout the entire territory of the Czech Republic for a term of 10 years. The said term may be extended at their request for up to 10 years without having to take a test, provided that they have been demonstrably performing the activity on a systematic basis (Article 143, Paragraph 4, Construction Act).

Legal Regulation

  • Act No. 183/2006 Coll., on Urban Planning and Construction Code (Construction Act)

Professional liability insurance

  • Prior to commencement of the activity and during its entire course, a valid damage liability insurance policy must be held.

Related legal regulations

  • Decree No. 498/2006 Coll., on Authorised Inspectors
  • Act No. 360/1992 Coll., on the Profession of Authorised Architects and Profession of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians, as amended

Current Community regulations

  • The profession of authorised inspectors is not regulated by Community legislation.

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