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Building Control Amendment Regulations (BCAR)

What are the BCAR regulations?


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):

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