From next month, there will be changes to the way in which Louth County Council will exercise their role as a building control authority. A new online system for the submission of commencement notices will come into operation.
Bernadette McArdle, Buildin g Control Officer with Louth County Council, gave a presentation to the council’s February meeting about the new system and the changes that it will present for owners and developers and for Councils.
Under the new legislation a number of forms and information along with the commencement notice must be submitted. These are:
A certificate of compliance (design), signed by the designer; notice of assignment of person to inspect and certify works (assigned certifier) signed by the building owner;
An undertaking by assigned certifier, signed by the assigned certifier; notice of assignment of builder, signed by the building owner; an undertaking by builder; Plans, specifications and particulars which demonstrate how the building or works will comply with all building regulations; An inspection plan of a minimum of four stages.
An assigned certifier must be registered with the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) or registered with the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland (SCSI) or a Chartered Engineer of Engineers Ireland (EI).
On completion of the works, a certificate of compliance must be submitted to the building control authority. The certificate is signed by the assigned certifier and the builder and accompanied by tables of plans, calculations, specifications, ancillary certificates and so on. This confirms that the building or works have been carried out in accordance with the building regulations.
Cllr Peter Savage said this is bureaucracy gone mad.
“This means that if you’re anyway handy yourself,” he said, “you can’t do the work. We are using shotguns to kill mice. My father was a tradesman and he could built a better house than all the guys would arrive in their white coats.”
But Cllr Marianne Butler believed the new regulations would help improv e matters for consumers.
Cllr Tomas Sharkey said it will not work. “We can change regulations but the culture of a good building trade is what is needed,” he said.
Cllr Colm Markey said there was a problem in the construction industry that needs to sorted. the legislation didn’t work.