Fine Gael Senator for Clare, Martin Conway, has said that new regulations, which will come into effect from 1st September 2015, will ease regulations on building single dwelling houses and extensions.
“The Minister for Housing, Paudie Coffey TD, has decided to remove the mandatory requirement for statutory certificates of compliance in respect of a new dwelling on a single unit development or a domestic extension. This will make it less burdensome for people in Clare and around the country to build or extend their home.
“Owners, including self-builders, will be given the choice to opt out of statutory certification and may instead demonstrate by alternative means that they have met their general obligation to build in accordance with the minimum requirements of the building regulations. Additional guidance, including a Sample Preliminary Inspection Plan, will be published to assist with this process.
“These new arrangements will make life easier for individuals and families planning to build or extend their own home. Nobody who invests in their own home would spend money on sub-standard work but people should not have to pay at inflated rates for excessive inspection services.
“Last year new building regulations were implemented to ensure that we never have another Priory Hall or poorly built housing estates around the country again. These will remain mandatory for all multi-unit developments in the country. This is an issue that has a real impact on rural communities.”