The Building Control Act 2007 passed both Houses of the Oireachtas and signed by the President on 21 April 2007. Please find the link to the text of the passed Act in the Publications box on the right.
The building control system is centered on the parent Act, the Building Control Act, 1990, which falls into 3 principal categories.
- Provides for the making Building Regulations -deals with issues such as building standards, workmanship, conservation of fuel and energy and access for people with disabilities.
- Provides for making of Building Control Regulations - Commencement Notices, Fire Safety Certificates and Fees- Administration by Building Control Authorities.
- Gives powers of enforcement and inspection.
The Act, which comprises 7 Parts and 73 Sections, was signed by the President on 21 April, 2007.
In summary, The Act provides for the following.
1. Strengthening of Enforcement Powers of Local Building Control Authorities,
- The Act amends the Building Control Act 1990 by introducing revised procedures for issue of Fire Safety Certificate by local Building Control Authority. It also introduces a Disability Access Certificate (DAC) to be issued by local Building Control Authorities for new Non-Domestic Buildings and Apartments.
- The Act widens the right of building control authorities to seek an Order from the High Court or the Circuit Court to stop work on certain buildings. It introduces the option for authorities to bring summary prosecutions for all building code offences in the District Court and it also increases the maximum penalties for breaches of the national Building Regulations.
2. Registration of titles of certain Building Professions.
- The Act provides for registration of the titles of “Architect”, “Quantity Surveyor” and “ Building Surveyor”. The registration scheme will be administered by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and the Society of Chartered Surveyors.
3. Legal Transposition of relevant parts of EU Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC of September 2005).
- The Act takes account of the adopted EU Directive 2005/36/EC of 7 September 2005 on Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications.
The 1991 Regulations first came into force on 1 June, 1992 and were superseded by the 1997 Regulations on 1 July 1998. They apply to new buildings, extensions, material alterations and changes of use of buildings. Their purpose is to promote observance of the Regulations by supplementing the basic powers of inspection and enforcement given to Building Control Authorities by different sections of the Building Control Act, 1990.
The Building Control Regulations do so in 2 ways
- By requiring commencement notice of works (change of use) to be lodged with a fee, and
- Requiring a Fire Safety Certificate for most buildings, with the exception of houses and individual apartments. The construction of an apartment block is subject to the requirement - to ensure safety of persons in the building. They also detail exemptions to the regulations -not to the technical requirements of the Building Regulations.
- S.I No 80 of 2013 (pdf, 316kb)
- S.I No 352 of 2009 (pdf, 98kb)
- S.I No 351 of 2009 (pdf, 223kb)
- S.I No 85 of 2004 (doc, 37kb)
- S.I No 10 of 2000 (doc,41kb)
- S.I No 496 of 1997 (pdf,379 kb)
The primary purpose of the Building Regulations is to provide for the health, safety and welfare of people in and around buildings. In general, the Building Regulations 1997 - 2002 apply to the construction of new buildings and to extensions and material alterations to existing buildings and to certain changes of use of existing buildings. These Regulations apply to all types of construction.
The Building Regulations are couched in broad functional requirements, or general statements of intent of the relevant regulation. For instance, the Regulations governing Access and Use of a building in Part M is stated as:"Adequate provision shall be made to enable people with disabilities to safely and independently access and use a building". Technical Guidance Documents A to M give guidance on how to comply with the Regulations. The 1991 Regulations first came into force on 1 July 1992 and were superseded by the 1997 Regulations with effect from 1 July, 1998. They apply to new buildings, extensions and material alterations to buildings.
Certain parts of the regulations (listed A to M) apply to material change of use of a building. The second schedule lists the various parts (A to M) and the regulations within each part. The third schedule lists the types of buildings that are exempted from the Building Regulations.
- SI 224 of 2013 - Building Regulations (Part D Amendment) Regulations 2013 (pdf, 111kb)
- SI 138 of 2012 - Building Regulations (Part A Amendment ) Regulations 2012 (pdf, 112kb)
- SI 259 of 2011 Building Regulations (Part L Amendment) Regulations 2011 (pdf, 109kb)
- SI 561 of 2010 Building Regulations (Part H Amendment) Regulations 2010 (pdf, 106kb)
- SI 513 of 2010 Building Regulations (Part M Amendment) Regulations 2010 (pdf, 105kb)
- SI 556 of 2009 Building Regulations (Part F Amendment) Regulations 2009 (pdf, 102kb)
- SI 259 of 2008 Building Regulations (Part L Amendment) Regulations 2008 (pdf, 110kb)
- SI 229 of 2008 European Communities (Energy Performance of Buildings) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (pdf, 945kb)
- SI 854 of 2007 (Part L) (pdf, 106kb)
- SI 666 of 2006 (European Communities (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations (doc, 1.8mb)
- SI 115 of 2006 - (Part B) - Building Regulations (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (doc, 49kb)
- SI 872 of 2005 (European Communities (Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations) (doc, 29kb)
- S.I. No. 284 of 2002 (Part - L) (doc, 33kb) & S.I. No. 581 of 2002 (Part - F) (doc, 30kb)
- S.I. No. 441 of 2000 (Class 9 exemption extension) (doc, 26kb)
- S.I. No. 249 of 2000 (Part - D) (doc, 24kb)
- Amending Regulations:- S.I. No. 179 of 2000 (Part - M) (doc, 25kb)
- S.I. No. 497 of 1997 (pdf, 355kb)
All the publications cited for sale above can be purchased from:
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A boxed set of the Technical Guidance Documents, (price 90 euro including postage) is available from Government Publications Office. Individual copies are also available. Free publications and Forum for the Construction Industry (FCI) publications can be obtained from: Construction Section, Dept. of the Environment, Community & Local Government,Custom House,Dublin 1, Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0)1 888 2551
Fax: +353 (0)1 888 2693
- FAQs for Disability Access Certificates - Regularisation Certificates - 7 Day Notices (doc, 60 kb)
- PL11 Guide to the Building Control System (May 2010) (pdf, 249 kb)
- Building Control Officers (doc, 111 kb)
- Loft Conversion Leaflet (pdf, 80 kb)
- Loft Conversion Leaflet Amendments (doc, 1,576 kb)
- Radon in Existing Buildings - Corrective Options (pdf, 888 kb)
- Guide to the Condensing Boiler Installment Assessment Procedure for Existing Dwellings (pdf, 345 kb)
- Public Consultation -Draft Building Regulations (Part L Amendment) Regulations 2008 (pdf, 36 kb)
- Public Consultation - Draft TGD L Amendments 2008 (pdf, 48 kb)
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- SI 243 of 2012 - European Union (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations (pdf, 1,023 kb)
- SI 138 of 2012 - Building Regulations (Part A Amendment) Regulations (pdf, 112 kb)
- SI 259 of 2011 - Building Regulations (Part L Amendment) Regulations 2011 (pdf, 109 kb)
- SI 561 of 2010 - Building Regulations (Part H Amendment) Regulations 2010 (pdf, 106 kb)
- SI 513 of 2010 - Building Regulations (Part M Amendment) Regulations 2010 (pdf, 105 kb)
- SI 556 of 2009 - Building Regulations (Part F Amendment) Regulations 2009 (pdf, 102 kb)
- SI 352 of 2009 - Building Control Act 2007 (Commencement) Order 2009 (pdf, 98 kb)
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