Framework for Building Control Authorities – Version 1: July 2014

by Bregs Blog admin team

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The BRegs Blog received a copy of a document ‘Framework for Building Control Authorities’ that was circulated earlier this month by one of the professional bodies involved with S.I. 9 to its members. The document appears to have been prepared by the County and City Management Association (CCMA). The  CCMA is the “representative voice” of the local government management network. Its  members are Chief Executives of the County and City Councils and the Assistant Chief Executives of Dublin City Council .  It is a non-statutory body that works to ensure that the influence of local authority Chief Executives is brought to bear on the development and implementation of relevant policy.

The document had been scheduled for issue in September 2014 (Q3). It is described as Version 1 and has not yet been uploaded onto the CCMA or Department of the Environment’s websites so the BRegs Blog is unsure of its official status and whether it is a draft document being circulated for comment. However it may be of interest to anyone involved with the Building Control Regulations as to how the CCMA is thinking about the issues. The BRegs Blog Admin. Team would welcome any comments our readers may have on this document (Link:)

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FRAMEWORK FOR BUILDING CONTROL AUTHORITIES – VERSION 1.0 JULY 2014

The purpose of the Framework is to provide guidance for Building Control Authorities (BCAs) with respect to undertaking their functions under the Building Control Acts 1990 to 2007 and the Building Control Regulations 1997 to 2014. In particular, the framework provides guidance in respect to:

(a) standardisation and co-ordination nationally;

(b) processing and validation of commencement notices and associated documentation;

(c) inspections and assessments during construction;

(d) processing and validation of completion certificates and associated documentation;

(e) Fire Safety Certificates; and

(f) Disability Access Certificates

Beyond their statutory function under the Building Control Acts, BCAs are also the designated enforcement authorities for the purposes of ensuring compliance with other legislation as follows:

  • Marketing of Construction Products in line with EU (Construction Product) Regulations 2013 (SI No. 225 of 2013); Appendix I
  • Building Energy Rating Certificates for buildings in line with the EU (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2012 (SI No. 243 of 2012); Appendix II
  • Registration of multi-storey buildings for the purposes of the Local Government (Multistorey Buildings) Act 1988

PDF version: Framework for Building Control Authorities July 2014

Other posts of interest:

ALERT: Cork CoCo guide to BC(A)R SI.9

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