Date added: 14-05-2014
The new Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 came into operation on 1 March 2014. The Regulations apply to any development where a Commencement Notice is filed after 1 March 2014.
These new Regulations apply to:
1. The design and construction of a new dwelling;
2. Any extension to a dwelling involving a floor area of greater than 40 square metres; and
3. Works where a fire safety certificate is required (ie virtually any type of commercial building).
Compliance with the provisions of the 2014 Regulations will be of great importance for building owners, purchasers and prospective tenants as the Regulations prohibit the opening, occupation or use of a building until a “Certificate of Compliance on Completion” has been filed and registered by the Building Control Authority. No longer will an architect simply certify to the employer that the works have been designed and constructed in substantial compliance with Building Regulations.
Principal changes introduced by the new Regulations include:
Opinions on Compliance with Planning Permission remain unaffected and will continue to be required in relation to planning matters.
It may now be more difficult for spec builders or persons building their own home by direct labour to build without appointing a builder and work cannot commence in any event without an architect, engineer or building surveyor designing the structure, monitoring it and certifying compliance on completion. This should result in better buildings, albeit at an extra cost.
A building owner has to certify that the appointed builder is competent, and provide details including the builders CIF registration number. Until such a Register is in place, it seems that an owner could nominate himself as the builder, provided that he is prepared to say that he competent to undertake the work. While the Department of Environment and Local Government and the Minister have repeatedly said that Self-Builders may still build their own homes by appointing themselves as the Builder, it is unlikely that most of the people who self-build would be able to correctly say that they were competent to undertake the works. The main contribution they might make would be providing a lot of hard labour rather than expertise in building technology and building regulations. Architects, engineers and surveyors might be less inclined to undertake the task of certifying compliance in cases where the builder has little or no experience. Doing so will clearly increase the risk and exposure for the architect, engineer or surveyor. Assigned Certifiers who do take on the greater risk of taking on projects with inexperienced Self-Builders will no doubt increase their fees for the extra inspections and risk involved.
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