The Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Paudie Coffey T.D, has made new amendment regulations which 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.
To ensure that building standards are maintained in respect of these types of builds in particular, local authority inspections will be reviewed and improved. Local authorities will now be submitting quarterly reports in relation to their building inspections to the Department and these will be monitored closely
This follows on from last year, when more stringent building regulations were implemented for all dwellings. The purpose of all these new regulations is to ensure that we never have another Priory Hall or poorly built housing estates around the country again.
“In addition, Local Authority housing is now no longer exempted from the statutory certification process. 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.