Conflicting information from BC(A)R SI.9

by Bregs Blog admin team

Interesting. We noted that the FAQ section was offline earlier this week. It would appear the section dealing with self-builders Question 12 has been revised. Here is the newly worded section- read below for comparison with previous. Can you spot the differences?

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

Yes.  You may appoint yourself as the builder and sign the Certificate of compliance (Undertaking by Builder). 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.

As an owner, how can I appoint a competent builder?

A competent person may generally be regarded as a person who possesses sufficient training, experience, and knowledge to enable them to undertake the project tasks they are required to perform having regard to the nature of the project and its scale and complexity.  Competence can be verified, for instance, by reference to involvement on previous similar projects.  One way of choosing a competent builder is to select a builder included on the Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI).  Further details may be found on


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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…

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