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Guide to the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Guide to the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014

The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 take effect from 1st March 2014. Please see Guide to the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 which outlines the statutory and regulatory requirements and obligations relating to starting, certifying, completing and registering a building.

An online system (BCMS) for lodging commencement notices and 7 Day Notices and complying with the various new requirements is available at (View a PDF guide on how to use the BCMS)

You are strongly advised to use the online service to save time and money and avoid delays in the various stages of constructing and completing your development.

In the event however that you do not wish to use the online system please be advised that additional fees for document management and processing will apply.

The Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government has also published a Code of Practice (see below in related documents) in order to provide guidance to relevant professionals with respect to inspecting and certifying works or a building, for compliance with the Building Control Regulations 2014.

Applicants should ensure that their Design Certifier and Assigned Certifier as either one or a combination of the following;

  • A Chartered Engineer
  • A Registered Architect
  • A Registered Building Surveyor

The related professional registers for the Engineers Ireland, the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland are available online. The new regulations do not alter the fact that the primary responsibility for compliance with the Building Regulations rests with designers, builders and building owners.

Validation of Commencement Notices
There are typical reasons why your notice may be rejected. The list below is indicative and advisory only and is not a comprehensive list of all statutory requirements. The responsibility to ensure compliance rests with the applicant/agent.

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