General Scheme of the
Building Control Bill publication approved

The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government, Simon Coveney T.D. and the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, Damien English T.D., today (31st May 2017) announced that the Government has approved the drafting and publication of the General Scheme of the Building Control (Construction Industry Register Ireland) Bill 2017.

Welcoming the Government decision approving the drafting of the Building Control Bill, the Minister said:

 

“Public tolerance for incompetent workmanship has been well and truly exhausted; the establishment of a robust, mandatory, statutory register is critical for the development of a culture of competence and compliance in the construction sector and will complement the reforms which have already been implemented by the Government. I believe that the proposed CIRI register will help to deliver the quality of homes and buildings that people expect and deserve.”

 

The purpose of the Bill is to provide for a mandatory statutory register of builders, contractors and specialist sub-contractors, and subject to a limited number of exceptions, a builder will only be permitted to carry out building works in respect of which he or she is registered.

The Construction Industry Register Ireland has been operated by the Construction Industry Federation as a voluntary register since March 2014 and the Government committed to placing the register on a statutory footing in the Action Plan for Jobs and Construction 2020.

The establishment of CIRI as a mandatory statutory register is seen as an essential consumer protection measure which will give consumers who engage a registered builder the assurance that they are dealing with a competent and compliant operator. It will also provide a forum for the investigation of complaints against registered members and the imposition of proportionate sanctions.

The register will be self-financing and the registration fee charged may not exceed the cost of administering the register and must be approved by the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

Entry on the CIRI register will be open to all builders, whether sole traders, partnerships or registered companies, who can demonstrate that they are competent to carry out works in the category for which they are seeking to register.

View the General Scheme of the Building Control Bill here.