The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has amended the Building Control Regulations for one-off dwellings and extensions.
A simpler inspection process is planned, while a ‘Fit-for-Purpose Local Government Inspection Process’ is to be developed.
The move follows the introduction in 2014 of new, more stringent, building regulations for all new dwellings, aimed at preventing repeats of such situations as existed at Priory Hall in Dublin, for example.
However, it came to be seen that such regulations were overly onerous on people building one-off dwellings, such as on family land in rural areas.
An owner, which includes self-builders, of such projects will now be given the choice to opt out of statutory certification and may instead show otherwise that they have met their general obligation to build in accordance with the minimum requirements.