All about Acts – plain and simple

ACT 12 /for establishing of all types of building and installation works (ВIW), planned for embedding, certifies that the requirements of the project are met/ – only for the electrical and water installations (that are hidden in the structure). These works, after they are done, are masked either underneath the daub or in the terrain and further comprehensive inspection is not possible. That is why they have to be inspected and approved by the relevant engineers before their embedding.

ACT 13 /for establishing of damage, caused by overpowering forces of nature / this act is between the builder and the owner of the plot.

ACT 14 /for acceptance of the structure “rough building”/ – only for the construction engineer. They accept the structure and sign that it has been built according to the plans and also that the BIW meet the relevant technical requirements.

ACT 15 /for establishing the acceptability of the building/ – for all engineers, architects and owners of sites in the building. This act documents the handing of the building and the building documentation from the builder to the owner. IMPORTANT! This act does not allow the exploitation of the building and in no way guarantees that it will pass the final inspection and get Act 16!

ACT 16 /for establishing the suitability of the construction for exploitation/ – compiled by officers authorized with an order for the appointment of a State Acceptance Commission (SAC) by the chief of the Directorate for National Building Control (DNBC). Protocol 16 is mandatory only for constructions of categories one to three. The SAC consists of the owner, representatives of specialized control bodies, construction inspection body and additionally invited specialists.

Act 16 is issued to certify and permit the exploitation of a building so that it can be legally inhabited. The document is issued, after it is established that there is an approved project for the construction and that the construction has been executed strictly according to the investment project and also the ownership rights are properly verified.

An official „Exploitation certificate“ or „Certificate for commissioning“ can be issued on grounds of Act 16. The lack of such a certificate can mean that:
• there is a discrepancy between the approved projects and the executed construction on site.
• a certain building (or part of it) has been erected with no approved projects and without legalizing it the permission for using the building cannot be granted.

Information if a certain building has been provided with an exploitation certificate can be obtained at the regional DNBC or from the salesman directly.

For more information: Ordinance № 3, 31 July 2003 Г. on issuing of acts and protocols during construction; Appendix № 1 to art. 7, para. 3, p. 1