Online Petition: Self Build in Ireland- BC(A)R SI.9

by Bregs Blog admin team


A group of self-builders have launched an on-line petition this week to progress their objection against Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). Given the recent part-deferral of the regulations SI. 105 published on 7th March 2014 they feel that the regulations now are particularly discriminatory towards the rights of ordinary citizens to build their own homes. The representative body for self-builders (IAOSB) welcome increased participation of professionals in self-builds but object to the requirement to use an established main contractor. They estimate 17% of all house starts will be abandoned due to the excessive costs of employing established main contractors under SI.9 every year. They have escalated their objections to the european ombudsman against CIRI, the register of contractors which is privately owned and operated by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and is recognised by government.

There is also unrest amongst established builders due to the cost of the CIF register membership. The CIF  and two other key stakeholders involved in the formation of the regulation, the representative body for architects and engineers (RIAI and ACEI respectively), have both confirmed self-building is no longer possible under Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014).

Link to petition here:

Extract as follows:


Ireland is a nation of Self Builders – little homes dot the countryside – they are what make Ireland ‘home’ to millions of people – these homes are set to be no more. Our Fore-Fathers constructed family homes with their bare hands & they fought for our Freedom. Now in 2014 – We the citizens of Ireland have to fight once more – this time we are fighting for the right to be able to provide a home for our families. We have no intention of making building contractors rich.

We petition the Government of Ireland to hear our voice and restore the right for a family to build their own home without severe financial burden. You have taken this centuries old tradition from us with a strict regime of building control and forcing us to pay thousands extra in professional fees when there is absolutely no need. We are all for tight regulation of the building sector and we implore you to treat us with fairness by setting up an independent building inspectorate. Please do not punish the self builder for the mistakes of the big developers, contractors, engineers, surveyors and architects of the past. We have NO OTHER WAY of owning our own family home, we have enough money for materials and we were going to construct our home with blood, sweat & tears. Please listen to the pleas of the people of Ireland.”