I have announced major reforms to the Building Regulations that will slash costs and reduce red tape for people who want to self-build their homes.
Under the reforms, people building single dwellings or extensions will be given the choice of opting out of statutory certification and may instead show by alternative means that they have met their general obligation to build in accordance with the minimum requirements of the building regulations. Additional guidance, including a... Sample Preliminary Inspection Plan, will be published to assist with this process.
The reforms will broaden the pool of people who may certify building works for building control purposes. In other changes, a new fit-for purpose local authority inspection process will be developed to ensure that building standards do not slip in respect of these types of builds and, for the first time, local authorities themselves will be covered by the regulations.
The major reforms I have announced will benefit people in county Tipperary who want to build their own homes by lifting a huge burden of cost and red tape off their backs. My approach restores the balance of power to consumers. Nobody who invests in building their own home would spend money on substandard work but people should not have to pay at inflated rates for excessive inspection services.
I am satisfied that the new arrangements will level the playing field for individuals and families planning to build or extend their home. They will no longer be held to ransom by excessive quotes for design and completion certificates. Owners who wish to invest in statutory certification may, of course, continue to do so and I believe many will do so where reasonable and affordable prices can be obtained.
These sensible new Regulations will provide a welcome boost to construction of new homes in the county as well as to builders’ providers and other suppliers.
The new regulations will come into effect from 1st September 2015