Pre-Contract Investigation of Title (PCIT)

A Prima Facie Review

PCIT Explained

In January 2019 some pretty big changes came into effect in the conveyancing process. The idea was to make the buying and selling of houses a little more efficient and streamlined for those in the property market.

The change means that any queries relating to the property’s title must be resolved before any contracts are signed.

Known as a  ‘Pre-Contract Investigation of Title’ (PCIT) it is hoped that this change will shorten the existing long time delays in completing house sales in Ireland.

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Our Service

We provide a ‘Prima Facie’ review service.  Prima Facie means “at first look”. This service provides a review of documentation submitted based on the first impression of the engineer.

We provide this service for our clients for whom we previously performed a Pre-Purchase Structural Survey. The service can be provided for both residential and commercial properties.

Once the documents have been reviewed we will provide a written reply to the client/solicitor.

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What we need from you

Documents and queries can be emailed or posted to our office so we can carry out a desktop review. We can then provide direction to the client/solicitor regarding the next steps needed to satisfy PCIT and progress  the conveyancing process.

To address your queries in the most efficient way we would encourage you / your solicitor to: –

  • Keep queries clear and concise
  • Submit all queries and documents at the same time.

It is important to note that the Engineer’s Prima Facie review is not conclusive, but is based on his experience with the Irish planning and building regulations system.


What documents are reviewed?

As our PCIT service is based on documentation, we have outlined the types of documents that are submitted for review. These can be submitted as email attachments or as a link to online documents.


  • Residential Survey icon

    Planning Permission

    Final grant(s) on planning permission.
  • Boundary Services icon

    Planning Drawings

    Planning Drawings for the building
  • Opinion Compliance Planning Permission icon

    Certificates of Compliance

    Certificate of Compliance with planning and/or building regulations
  • Planning Consultancy icon

    Opinion on Compliance

    Opinions on Compliance with planning and/or building regulations
  • Indoor Air Quality icon

    Commencement Notice

    Commencement Notification on the intention to carry out works
  • New Property Survey icon

    Fire Safety Certificate

    Fire Safety Certificate Submission

Why Us?

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    Established and Experienced

    Since 2001 we have provided conveyancing services and other property related engineering services to over 20,000 satisfied Irish families and businesses.
  • Excellent Communicators

    We are there for you every step of the way. From your first contact with Customer Care right through to our Engineering Team who provide advice and solutions for property queries.
  • Exceptional Service and Satisfaction

    Our Company and Team have more 5 star Google and Facebook reviews than all other Irish building engineering companies combined.
  • Forever Follow Up

    Should something unforeseen be found or occur in the future we have your back. We will always listen and provide clients with direction on what they need to do. We will never leave you high and dry.

Frequently Asked Questions

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