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Building Regulations

The building regulations outline the technical requirements in the design and construction of building works. The provisions for which building regulations may be made are as follows:

  • Securing the health, safety and welfare of people in or about buildings
  • Making provision for disabled persons
  • Providing for the conservation of fuel and energy
  • Providing for the efficient use of resources
  • Encouragement of good building practice

Dispensation and relaxation from the building regulations

A building control authority may grant a dispensation form, or a relaxation of, any requirement of the building regulations.  A decision on an application for a dispensation or relaxation must be made within two months of the date of receipt of the application, unless an extension of time is agreed with the applicant. The decision can be appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

Technical guidance documents

These documents are published by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and provide guidance on compliance with the building regulations. They refer to standards and codes for further guidance with respect to the design and construction of buildings. Works carried out in accordance with the technical guidance documents, prima facie, indicate compliance with the building regulations. The adoption of an alternative approach other than that outlined in the guidance documents is not precluded, provided that the relevant requirements of the regulations are complied with.

(The link below links to the technical guidance documents on the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government web site)

 Technical guidance documents

Page last reviewed: 11/10/17

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