Written answers

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

Building Regulations Compliance

Photo of Joe HigginsJoe Higgins (Dublin West, Socialist Party)
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132. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the number of enforcement orders intended to achieve compliance with the building regulations fire safety issued by fire safety authorities against non-compliant builders and developers since he became Minister. [53419/13]

Photo of Phil HoganPhil Hogan (Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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I have no function in relation to specific enforcement activity under the Fire Safety Acts or the Building Control Act under which the powers of investigation and prosecution are vested in individual local authorities acting in their capacity as Fire Authority or Building Control Authority . Neither does my Department maintain statistical records of such activity.

My Department continues to liaise with local authorities in relation to significant fire safety and building control issues, some of which have been reported in the public domain, that have arisen in a number of multi-unit developments across the country. I expect local authorities to continue to use all of the powers currently available to them to address serious building defects.

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