CIF suggest self-building no longer possible after March 1st 2014

by Bregs Blog admin team

CIF Director of Housing suggests in 28 working days, on 1st March self-build will no longer be possible.

A recent Podcast on Radio Kerry: David Moriarty Architect and Hubert Fitzpartick of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF Director of Housing) discuss Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). A competent builder is noted as someone with a track-record (tax compliant, experience in doing similar projects etc). An owner must appoint a builder at the outset who will sign a completion certificate on completion of the project. The CIF also note the provision for registration of builders coming down the tracks. Build costs will increase and this may lead to some difficulties, particularly for self-builders.

Podcast here:

This would appear to contradict the recent written answer by the Minister to Olivia Mitchell TD and Tommy Broughan TD on 28th January. Extract from our previous post below:

The Minister has now confused the matter by saying that there is “no restriction on whom an owner may assign as a builder once the owner is satisfied that the builder is competent to undertake the works involved.”By definition most self-builders will not be “competent” in accordance with the standards adopted by the CIF and supported by the the minister’s department. There is no possibility that they can comply when the CIF’s register is formally adopted as part of the statutory process.

The above opinion piece was submitted by Maoilíosa Mel Reynolds on 31st January 2014.