In the post-boom years, defective workmanship in the construction of many properties in Ireland, both residential and commercial, has come to light. Issues such as pyrite damage and fire regulation breaches have dominated headlines, blighted the construction industry and soured consumer sentiment towards the sector. These matters have not gone unnoticed by the legislature with the new Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 published by the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government on the 15 January 2014 and enacted on 1 March 2014.
Which works will the Regulations apply to?
From 1 March 2014, the new Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (the "Regulations") will apply to a broad variety of construction projects, including new houses, house extensions over 40m2 and building works that require a Fire Safety Certificate.
New Statutory Roles
Before the works start, the "Design Certifier" must certify that the design of the works complies with the Regulations. The building owner must also appoint a "Builder" and an "Assigned Certifier" at this stage.
Commencement Notice and 7 Day Notice
The Commencement Notice or 7 Day Notice must be filed via the online Building Control Management System ("BCMS") with outline plans, calculations, specifications and preliminary inspection plan. The Regulations introduce a number of new certifications which must also accompany a Commencement Notice or 7 Day Notice:
Certificate of Compliance (Undertaking by Builder); Notice of Assignment of Builder; Certificate of Compliance (Undertaking by Assigned Certifier); Notice of Assignment of Person to Inspect and Certify Works (Assigned Certifier); Certificate of Compliance (Design). Completion
Once the works are complete, the Assigned Certifier and Builder must sign a Certificate of...