Continuing Collapse in Commencement Notices: Building Register – 5th August 2014
by Bregs Blog admin team
The worrying trend in stalled building starts since the introduction of new Building Regulations earlier this year appears to be continuing. The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) published the latest edition of the Building Register on Tuesday 5th August 2014 at 09.49 a.m. The Building Register records all of the validated Commencement Notices or ‘building starts’ received by the 34 Building Control Authorities throughout Ireland on the Building Control Management System (BCMS).
The Building Register now records a figure of 1645 as the total number of validated Commencement Notices received over the past five months (22 weeks) since the introduction of the BCMS on 1st March 2014. This figure equates with an average of approximately 75 Commencement Notices per week or a projection of 3900 for a year. This would represent approximately 50% of the 7,456 Commencement Notices submitted in 2013.
While the rush to submit Commencement Notices before the introduction of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations may have distorted the figures in the earlier part of the year it is considered that this spike in the statistics, at this point in the year, has leveled out. Notwithstanding the surge in lodging Commencement Notices in January and February of this year no figures are available to indicate the extent of subsequent invalidation, which we believe to be considerable.
Of the 1645 Commencement Notices received, 478 (30%) appear to be ‘Short Form’ notices (small projects where an Assigned Certifier is not required) and 91 are for 7-day notices in relation to Fire Safety Certificates.
The latest Building Register indicates a 100% figure for the submission of Completion Certificates. It is thought that this is a glitch in the system as there were only two completion certificates recorded on the previous Building Register.
These figures are not reassuring for those tasked with trying to solve the unemployment crisis in the construction sector or the shortage of new housing units in the larger urban areas.
We will continue to monitor the figures closely, as and when they are published.
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