Self-builder alert to farmers: BC(A)R SI.9

by Bregs Blog admin team


Last week self-builder Amanda Gallagher wrote to varous agricultural representative bodies alerting them to the implications of Bulding Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) on their liveleyhoods and business- her letter is attached. In a previous post “Building red tape to hit farmers pocket: BC(A)R SI.9” the unintended consequences of BC(A)R SI.9 on the farming community and qualifying farm buildings came into focus. Quote from post:

“As most farm buildings are self-built by farmers themselves, self-built, the agri sector now find themselves in a similar position to residential self-builders. Farmers now will have to employ established main contractors to build agricultural buildings that previous to BC(A)R SI.9 they were able to construct themselves. Local Kerry councillors recently estimated that this could, in addition to increased professional fees, add over 20% to the cost of self-built structures and houses”.

The following is a Letter to agricultural bodies by Amanda Gallagher, Self-builder:


Dear ICA, IFA & ICMSA – could you please forward the following letter to all your Members:

I write to you regarding the new Building Control Regulations that came into effect on Saturday, March 1st.  We are self builders and my husband was hoping to construct our new family home on the family farm.  Our story was featured on Liveline, Morning Ireland and the Morning Edition TV Show on RTE.

These new Building Control Laws are extremely restrictive and will impose an extortionate amount of money onto the cost of an extension or new house build and on to some agri buildings.  All construction must go through a Main Building Contractor –  an Assigned Certifier and a Project Supervisor must also be employed.

I want the farming community to be aware of these laws as I understand most farm construction would be self build / direct labour.  Please click this link below to an article extract from the Independent:

Self builders, have now set up an online petition, in the hope that we can have a Dail Debate on these unjust Building Control laws.  We need your help to do this by signing the petition and forwarding the Link to as many people as you think will be affected by these laws.

The Link to the Petition is below:

I would like to thank you in advance for your help.  This matter concerns all the Citizens of Ireland and I think we cannot let the centuries old tradition of building a home for one’s family disappear before our very eyes. These laws effectively mean that building a home in Ireland will only be for the privileged few.

Regards to you all,

Amanda Gallagher

Co. Sligo