New Building Regulations & Self-Build Scenarios

On 26 February 2014 Dept Environment issued an Information Note on the Implications of SI No. 9 of 2014 for Self-Builders to local authorities and industry stakeholders, including the Irish Association of Self-Builders.

·         The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 place no restrictions on self-build. There is no difficulty with a self-builder signing the statutory form of undertaking by the builder at commencement stage or the statutory certificate of compliance on completion.

·         The twin aims of the new regulations are to:

1.       ensure that buildings are designed and constructed in accordance with the requirements of the Building Regulations, and

2.       strengthen competence and professionalism on site.

·         From a self-build perspective, the new regime will work as follows:

·         The owner will, as before, assume responsibility as the builder for ensuring that the building works will comply with the building regulations.  They must also satisfy themselves that any one they employ to undertake part of the works is competent to do those works.

·         At commencement, they will notify the local authority that they themselves are the builder and sign the builder’s undertaking required for building control purposes.

·         At commencement a Self-Builder must also assign a competent, registered construction professional (i.e. architect, building surveyor or chartered engineer) to:

o   certify the design, and

o   inspect the works and certify the completed dwelling (the assigned certifier).

·         The Assigned Certifier will be the point of contact with the building control authority for lodgement of compliance documentation and certificates, etc.

·         At completion the Self-Builder and the Assigned Certifier will both certify the building.

·         Work involving repair, renewal and renovation work or extensions less than 40 square metres to existing dwellings do not come within the scope of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations.