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BC(A)R S.I.9 Assigned + Design Certifier Survey

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Only a few more hours to go- great response so far we need as many as possible!

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BC(A)R S.I.9 Assigned + Design Certifier Survey

This weekend don’t forget our 33 week BC(A)R SI.9 Assigned + Design Certifier Survey. It is a very simple 3 minute survey and we have had a great reaction so far- the more responses the better!

We want to see to what extent our readers are embracing, or not, the new roles in view of recent concerns about increased liabilities and the adequacy of documentation etc. The information provided helps us to prepare appropriate future posts. We have not included any questions about Completion Certificates as the numbers on the Building Register are still too few.

The survey will close on Monday 20th October at midnight and we will publish the results later that week.

Link to survey here: Assigned_Certifier_225_Days 

Please note that we do not monitor those who respond to the survey and please share it with your contacts particularly in other professional groups.


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How much would 100% independent inspections by Local Authorities cost?

by Bregs Blog admin team


By BReg Blog October 20th 2014

There are about 67 building control officers in Ireland , many doubling up as fire officers (see post below).

We have not been able to extract out the current cost of building control as these are lumped in with planning and enforcement for Local Authority budgetary purposes. In earlier posts, based on the UK model, we estimated that 200 additional Local Authority staff were required to undertake a 100% nationwide inspection of all buildings .

Recently the Irish Times reported – “Dog wardens issued more fines last year than in past decade“. According to this article there are the same number of dog wardens – 67 (46 full-time & 21 part time) as there are Building Control Officers (BCO) at a nett cost €3.9m when income from fines is accounted for.* This is a cost per Local Authority staff member of €58,200.

Based on these recent figures, the cost of 200 additional BCO staff to achieve 100% Local Authority independent inspections nationwide would be €11.64m.

This cost for independent Local Authority inspections seems like very good value when compared to an estimated cost to the industry and consumer for S.I.9 of over €700m per annum and a cost to remediate pyrite of €780m (DECLG estimate of pre-2012 cases).

An annual cost to the taxpayer of a little over €11m to regulate a €10bn industry would give the consumer the benefit of a proper independent building control inspectorate, as opposed to continuing with our defective system of self-certification at vast cost to both taxpayer and consumer.

The bill for poor regulation at just one development, Priory Hall, is currently running at €30m. S.I.9 costs for one year alone would fund 100% Local Authority independent inspections for 60 years. Self building could resume and this would create 800 more houses this year. Consumers would be protected – no more Priory Halls. Pyrite would be policed at a taxpayer saving of over €780m.

Is the Department of the Environment being penny wise and pound foolish?

Notes: *Net cost less income from fines. We believe there are 5 staff separately employed now processing claims for pyrite remediation. 

Other posts of interest:

€ 5 billion | The extraordinary cost of S.I.9 self-certification by 2020

Pyrite: the spiraling cost of no Local Authority Inspections

The cost of a Solution to BC(A)R SI.9?

The € 500 million + cost of S.I.9 in 2014 | Residential Sector

SI.9 to Cost €168m in 2014 | Non-Residential Sector

SI.9 costs for a typical house

More dog wardens than building inspectors in Ireland- Self Builders to be made extinct