Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013
5th June

The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013 under the Building Control Act 1990 were published by the Minister for the Environment on 4th April 2013. The new regulations will come into effect on 1st March 2014.The new Building Control Regulations require: Submission of compliance drawings and documentation to local building control authorities;Setting out and executing an inspection place by the Assigned Certifier; and Signing of mandatory certificates of compliance by the designer prior to construction and by the Assigned Certifier and the Builder when a building in complete. The Department of Environment is to follow the publication of the new building regulations with a Code of Practice for Inspection and Certification. The CIF has publicly commented on the publication of the new building regulations and has stated that while the new regulations will help ensure the work of builders who maintain higher standards is recognised and rewarded, they will also add to overall construction costs. The total construction cost of many new buildings can exceed the open market value of these buildings; therefore it is critically important that all other regulatory costs are reviewed so that unsustainable regulatory costs do not make construction and development unviable.

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