If the ITE report is not favorable, does that mean that I will not have the Certificate of Aptitude?

No, even if the report is unfavorable, the Certificate of Aptitude can be obtained with conditions. The ITE report is the document that architects create to identify and classify all types of building systems (façades, roofs, floors, etc.) here you can see what the ITE report consists of. This report is sent to the Generalitat and Its technicians review it to grant the Certificate of Aptitude.

If the ITE report appears as “unfavorable” this means that important pathologies have been detected (link to classification of pathologies) and even so the Generalitat technicians could grant the Certificate of Aptitude with important deficiencies (it will have, but a lower validity: 6 years until having to renew it).

In the event that serious or very serious deficiencies have been detected in the classification of severity of the deficiencies and the precautionary measures have not been executed, the Generalitat will not grant the Certificate of Aptitude.

If I have a defect in the building, will I be obliged to repair it? What if the community doesn’t have the money to do it?

Not necessarily. As long as it does not pose a risk to people, it is not necessary to repair it, if it is advisable to do so. However, a periodic inspection will have to be carried out to ensure that it has not worsened. With the appearance of the new decree 67/2015, it is established that as long as there is no risk to people, if pathologies are classified as serious, their repair can be delayed. Sometimes provisional protective measures will have to be taken so that there is no risk of landslides or other incidents that could cause damage to third parties.

Yes, the community is obliged to prepare the Building Book where a PRE Building Rehabilitation Plan is included where both the temporal and economic planning of the building repairs is included.

How long does it take for the administration to grant the certificate of aptitude

In 2020, it was taking between 6 and 8 months from the delivery of the report request.

What sanctions can I have if I do not complete the ITE?

If the building is more than 45 years old and is within the scope of application of the ITE, failure to pass the ITE in due time may entail penalties ranging from 9,000 euros to 90,000 euros. Although at the moment (2020) we do not know of any case in which a sanctioning process has been opened, but letters have been received notifying the existence of this sanctioning code.

What is the building book?

The building book collects all the relevant information about the state and characteristics of the building. Instruction and use book for the building and its facilities, building plans, ITE reports and fitness certificates, energy certificate, PRE Building Rehabilitation Plan, etc.

How valid is the ITE?

In reality, what is valid is the Certificate of Aptitude of the building, which is the official document issued by the Generalitat. The validity of the Certificate of Aptitude is conditional on the result of the ITE qualification; if the defects are more serious, it is less valid:

  • Suitable without deficiencies: 10 years
  • Suitable with minor deficiencies: 10 years
  • Provisional suitable (with significant deficiencies): 6 years
  • Precautionarily suitable (with serious or very serious deficiencies): 3 years