The recent building control legislation was introduced following high profile cases in Ireland dealing with building control issues ranging from defective materials, such as pyrite damage, to certification problems, together with complications such as contractor insolvency issues. These cases have highlighted the need for a more robust building control regime in Ireland.
It is intended by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government that this new legislation will be an important element in the pursuit of an improved culture of building control. There are various aspects which will have a direct impact on professionals, such as engineers, architects and relevant members of the professional design team, together with owners, builders and building control authorities.
Current secondary legislation governing building control in the public and private sector in Ireland has been in force since 1998 and applies to new buildings, extensions, material alterations and changes of use of buildings in commercial and residential property
The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (the “Regulations”) are to be read in conjunction with existing legislation, and will come into effect from March 1 2014 bringing significant changes to the building control regime in Ireland.
The Regulations provides for:
- New commencement notice requirements
- Three new certificates of compliance
- New roles for assigned certifiers
- New penalties
- New forms for appointment (“notices of assignment”) of assigned certifiers