PERIODICAL INSPECTIONS OF BUILDINGS

Pursuant to Art. 62 of the Act dated 7 July 1994, the Construction Law Act (Polish Journal of Laws, 1994 No. 89 item 414 with further amendments):

1. During use, building structures must be subjected, by their owner or administrator, to:

1) periodical control, at least once a year, which includes the inspection of the technical condition of:

  • elements of the building, structure, and installations exposed to detrimental impact of weather and destructive impact of factors that occur during the use of the structure,
  • installations and devices used to protect the environment,
  • gas installation and chimney flues (smoke, waste gas, and ventilation flues);

2) periodical control, at least once every 5 years, to inspect the technical condition and the usability of a building structure, esthetics of a building structure and its surroundings; such controls should also include an inspection of the electrical installation and lightning protection within the scope of the efficiency of connections, accessories, safeguards and protection measures against shock, resistance of the insulation of wires and grounding of installations and devices;

3) periodical control within the scope specified in point 1, at least twice a year, with deadlines by 31 May and 30 November, in case of buildings with total area exceeding 2000 m2 and other building structures with the area of roof exceeding 1000 m2; the person conducting the control is obligated to immediately notify the relevant body about the conducted control in writing;

4) control of safe use of the building every time there are circumstances described in art. 61 point 2;

4a) in the case of a notification made by persons residing in residential premises located within the building structure with regard to interference or breaches unjustified by technical or utility reasons, which result in non-fulfillment of the conditions specified in art. 5 section 2.

1a. During the control, which is referred to in section 1, it is necessary to inspect the performance of the instructions from the previous control.

2. The obligation of control, which is referred to in section 1 point 1 letter a, does not include owners and administrators of:

1) residential single-family houses;
2) building structures;
a) farm and leisure buildings
b) specified in art. 29 section 1.

2a. The owner or the administrator is obligated to conduct the control, which is referred to in section 1 point 4a within 3 days from the receipt of the notification..

3.Relevant body – in case of identification of improper technical condition of the building or its part, which may lead to threat to life and health of people, safety of property or the environment – orders conduction of the control, which is referred to in section 1, and may also order presentation of the expertise of the technical conduction of the building or its part.

4. The controls that are referred to in section 1, subject to sections 5-6a, are conducted by persons who have building qualifications of relevant specialty.

5. Controls of the technical condition of electric installations, lightning protection, and gas installations, which are referred to in section 1 point 1 letter c and point 2, might be conducted by people who have qualifications required for performance of supervision over the use of devices, energy and gas installations and networks.

6. The control of the technical condition of chimney flues, which is referred to in section 1 point 1 letter c, should be conducted by:

1) persons who have qualifications of master in chimney sweeping – with reference to smoke flues and gravitation waste gas and ventilation ducts;

2) persons who have building qualifications of the correct specialty – with regard to chimney flues referred to in point 1, and industrial chimneys,free-standing chimneys, and chimney ducts, in which the chimney flue is forced by operation of mechanical devices.

6a. The control of technical condition and safety of damming structures can be conducted by authorized employees of the national service for safety of damming structures.

7. The detailed scope of controls of some of the structures and the obligation of conducting controls more frequently than it is specified in section 1, can be specified in the regulation referred to in art. 7 section 3 point 2.

The Logbook Of A Building Structure

Pursuant to Art. 64 of the Act dated 7 July 1994, the Construction Law Act (Polish Journal of Laws, 1994 No. 89 item 414 with further amendments):

1. The owner or the administrator is obligated to maintain a building structure logbook, which constitutes a document intended for the records concerning the conducted tests and inspections of technical condition, renovations, and reconstructions within the period during which the building structure has been used, for every building or structure that is not a building, the project of which is subject to inspection described in art. 20 section 2.

2. The obligation of maintaining a building structure logbook, provided for in section 1, shall not include owners and administrators of:

1) residential single-family houses;

2) building structures;

a) farm and leisure buildings

b) specified in art. 29 section 1;

3) roads and bridge structures if they have a road logbook or a bridge structure logbook under regulations concerning public roads.

3. Protocols on inspections of building structures, including protocols from inspections of heating systems and air-conditioning that have been referred to in art. 29 section 1 of the act dated 29 August 2014 on the energy performance of buildings (Polish Journal of Laws item 1200 and dated 2015 item 151), assessments and expertises concerning the technical condition, and energy performance certificates that have been referred to in art. 60 are enclosed to the building structure logbook.

4. The relevant minister of building, management, spatial planning, and housing is to determine, by way of a regulation, the template of a building structure logbook and the method of maintaining such a logbook.