Minister Coffey signs new Building Control Regulations for single dwellings houses and extensions
Mr. Paudie Coffey, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, today (1 September, 2015) announced that the new regulations that will ease the application of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 9 of 2014) for single dwellings and for domestic extensions commence today.
Ministers Coffey and Kelly announced in early August that following a review of S.I. No. 9 of 2014 after 12 months in operation, they had decided to make new amendment regulations that remove the mandatory requirement for statutory certificates of compliance in respect of a new dwelling on a single unit development or a domestic extension. An owner, which includes self-builders, of such projects will be given the choice to opt out of statutory certification and may instead demonstrate by alternative means that they have met their general obligation to build in accordance with the minimum requirements of the building regulations. An Information Note for owners of new dwellings and extensions who opt out of statutory certification for building control purposes has been published on the Department’s website to assist people in understanding and complying with building control requirements and is available here.
“To ensure that building standards are maintained in respect of these types of builds in particular, arrangements for local authority inspections will be reviewed and improved. My Department will now engage with The County and City Management Association to ensure inspection capability is developed and resourced over time and local authorities will now be submitting quarterly reports in relation to their building inspections to my Department and these will be monitored closely - these actions will ensure progressive inspection improvement by local authorities in all sectors, i.e. single dwellings, multi-unit residential developments and commercial buildings,” said Minister Coffey.
“It should be noted that the new regulations which apply from today only relate to single unit development or a domestic extension. There is no change in respect of other types of developments.” added Minister Coffey.
In 2014 new, more stringent building regulations were implemented for all dwellings. The purpose of these new regulations is to ensure that we never have another Priory Hall or poorly built housing estates around the country again. The S.I.9 regulations will remain mandatory for all multi-unit developments in the country.
Local Authority housing is now no longer exempted from the statutory certification process.
Minister Coffey said “I firmly believe that local authorities should be setting the standard when it comes to the construction of homes; and given the roll-out of the Social Housing Strategy, we must ensure that we have well-built homes for families across Ireland.”
Minister Coffey concluded “I believe that the regulations which come into effect today strike a balance. It is important that those who wish to self-build are permitted to do so in an economical and pragmatic way.”