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Building Control Amendment Regulations (BCAR)

What are the BCAR regulations?

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The Building Control Amendment Regulations 2014 came into force on March 1st, 2014. The Regulations are being introduced following recent high-profile cases dealing with building control issues in Ireland. Some of the key features of the Amendments are the introduction of a new role within the Construction Industry, the Assigned Certifier and the introduction of a number of new certificates and undertakings. The amendments have also introduced a “Code of Practice Inspecting and Certifying Buildings and Works” and an online Building Control Management System (BCMS): http://www.localgov.ie/en/BCMS

These regulations apply to:

  • New Dwellings – houses (unless exemption availed of) and apartments
  • Extensions with a floor area greater than 40sqm
  • New buildings other than residential, Purpose Group 1 (a) and (b)
  • All buildings and works that require a Fire safety certificate (Third Schedule of the SI 496)

They relate to the following legislation:

  • S.I. No. 9 of 2014 Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014
  • S.I. No. 105 of 2014 Building Control (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014