RTÉ – Liveline Clip 2:”A tax on blood sweat and tears”: BC(A)R SI.9

by Bregs Blog admin team


Link to discussion: New building regulationsSean, Amanda, Gerry, Kieran, Dominic and Margaret on how new regulations on self-build projects will affect people who just want to build their own homes



On RTÉ’s Liveline yesterday 25th February the discussion on Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) continued. Self-builders including one well-informed mother of five called in to discuss the issues and incredible costs of SI.9 on the their projects. The recent legal advice obtained by the representative body of self-builders the IAOSB confirming that self-building would no longer be permitted after 1st March 2014 was mentioned along with recent contradictory and incorrect  public guidance on BC(A)R SI.9 issued by Local Authorities.

Although invited to make a comment the Department were unable to provide a spokesperson. A written statement from the Department to the show was discussed and some inherent contradictions were explored by participants. Other issues were mentioned inclusing recent requests by stakeolders such as the architects representative body the RIAI to minister Bruton for a deferral.

Over 95% of architects are not prepared to implement the regulations next Saturday, and 75% believe serious delay and disruption to the industry as a whole will result from premature introduction of SI.9 (reported at an RIAI CPD event in the Aviva on 24th February) .

The impacts on rural communities, ordinary citizens, of SI.9 were well documented in this discussion. One person noted in a recent call to the Department, he was told self-building could continue under BC(A)R SI.9. This was strongly rebutted by others and Joe Duffy’s response “will the Department go with you to the high court?” is but one of the observations made on the programme concerning the contradictory interpretations of SI.9 by the Department.

We hope the discussion continues and representatives of the Department and Minister Hogan participate in the discussion.

The above opinion piece was submitted by Maoilíosa Mel Reynolds on 26th February 2014.