Conflicting information from BC(A)R SI.9

by Bregs Blog admin team


February 21st 2014

Here are some interesting Frequently asked questions from the website Interesting to see yet another different interpretation of the status self-building under Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). This one seems to have conflicting guidance within the same document- item 12 and 18 (extracts below in italics). This public guidance would also appear to be at odds with a recent public guidance document written by the Department and issued by Local Authorities (document attached below for reference).

So according to this one it would appear that an owner can undertake to self-build on commencement, but cannot occupy the completed building until sign-off by a “Builder”. We may need to do a separate post listing off the confusing interpretations between minister, government departments and stakeholders on this one issue to keep track. Extracts below from FAQ section:

12. Can I build my own house by direct labour?

Yes. You must appoint yourself as the builder and sign the Certificate of Compliance (Undertaking by Builder) document. As the builder, you are responsible for compliance with the Building Regulations. You must sign the Certificate of Compliance on Completion and you must also appoint an Assigned Certifier to inspect the works during construction. Preferably, the builder should be registered with the Construction Industry Federation and should provide a ‘Construction Industry Register Ireland’ (CIRI) number. Further details can be found on

 18. What is a Certificate of Compliance on Completion?

For Commencement Notices, to which the additional requirements apply, a Certificate of Compliance on Completion must be lodged with the Building Control Authority and placed on the public register before the building may legally be opened, occupied or used. The Certificate must be signed by the Assigned Certifier and the Builder. It certifies that the building or works have been carried out in accordance with the Building Regulations.


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