The documents prepared by specialists in the fields of construction, architecture and urbanism (architects, energy auditors, site managers, etc.), which are sent to the competent authorities and institutions in issuing permits, agreements, approvals and authorizations, can be signed with a qualified certificate for electronic signature, instead of the physical format (on paper) with handwritten signature and professional stamp or initials.
The measure, regulated by GEO no. 140/2020 and the implementing rules in force from January 2021, also stipulates that the documents prepared and submitted in electronic format to the authorities and institutions must be signed by all specialists with qualified electronic signature issued by a qualified trust service provider.
certSIGN, Qualified Trust Service Provider according to the eIDAS EU Regulation no. 910/2014, makes available to specialists in the fields of construction, architecture and urbanism qualified certificates issued in accordance with national and European regulations, for qualified electronic signatures with legal value.
The qualified electronic signature certificate can be used to carry out the activity of:
In the fields of construction, architecture and urbanism, all documents in PDF format can be electronically signed with a qualified certificate:
The attributes requested by GEO 140/2020 and the application norms, which must be included in the qualified electronic signature certificates issued to specialists in constructions, architecture and urban planning are the following (in whole or in part, depending on the profession / competent authority):
Under art. 22 para. (2) of the Technical Norms on GEO 140/2020 establishing measures for the use of electronic documents in the fields of constructions, architecture and urban planning, the documents signed with a qualified electronic signature must meet the following requirements:
a) to be signed with a qualified certificate for electronic signature according to The EU Regulation 910/2014;
b) the signed files to be in a PDF format, and the signature to be compliant with the specifications of the PDF signature, as set out in art. 1 of the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/1.506 of September 8th, 2015, laying down specifications for the formats of advanced electronic signature and seals to be recognized by public bodies pursuant to art. 27 para. (5) and art. 37 para. (5) of EU Regulation 910/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transaction on the internal markets;
c) documents to have the LTV option embedded, as defined by the ETSI TS 102 778-4 standard or later versions of it, which allow long term validation of the signed document;
d) documents signed with a qualified electronic document to be stored in electronic format.