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Posted by GPD Building Contractors Cork on 16 June 2015

What are the Building Control Regulations?

The Building Control Regulations apply to new buildings, extensions, material alterations and changes of use of buildings. They promote observance of the Building Regulations by supplementing powers of inspection and enforcement given to Building Control Authorities.

The Building Control Regulations regulate:

  • Commencement Notices & 7 Day Notices
  • Fire Safety Certificates, Revised Fire Safety Certificates and Regularisation Certificates
  • Disability Access Certificates and Revised Disability Access Certificates
  • Maintenance of Registers
  • Fees
  • Statutory registration of building control activity Failure to submit a Commencement Notice is an offence and may have serious consequences, which cannot be regularised at a later date. You may have difficulties in selling your property if you cannot prove that the statutory requirements relevant to the property have been met.

What happens on the 1st March 2014?

On the 1st March 2014, new regulations (S.I. 9 of 2014) relating to the commencement and certification of construction works come into effect. For certain building works, the new regulations require that certificates of compliance and other documents must be submitted with the Commencement Notice.

The additional requirements also include:

  • the nomination of a competent ‘Assigned Certifier’ to inspect and certify the works,
  • the assignment of a competent builder to carry out the works,
  • the submission of certificates of compliance on completion. 

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