Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
Local Authority Functions
217. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of enforcement notices issued nationwide since 1 January 2013, by year and by council, in tabular form. [4880/17]
218. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of prosecutions under the Building Control Act 2007 in the past five years for South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, Fingal, Meath, Kildare and Donegal County Councils and Dublin City Council, by year and by council, in tabular form. [4881/17]
219. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of completion certificates rejected under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations, Statutory Instrument No. 9 of 2014 in each of South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Meath, Kildare and Donegal County Councils and Dublin City Council, by council, in tabular form. [4882/17]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 217 to 219, inclusive, together.
In relation to the Deputy’s requests for data in relation to enforcement notices, prosecutions and rejection of completion certificates by Building Control Authorities, I have no role or function in relation to these matters. These are matters for local authorities, who are independent in the use of their statutory powers under the Building Control Acts 1990 – 2014.
The Local Government Management Agency published data in relation to building control in the Service Indicators in Local Authoritiesreports from 2005 to 2013. These reports are available at www.lgma.ie/en/search/node/Service%20Indicators.
Following the commencement of the Local Government Reform Act 2014, the National Oversight & Audit Commission (NOAC) now collects and publishes this data. The Performance Indicators in Local Authorities reports for 2014 & 2015 are available at .
The Building Control Regulations, 1997, SI No. 496/1997 , require Building Control Authorities to keep a register of, inter alia, any enforcement notices served by them and the date and outcome of any decision of the District Court in respect of an enforcement notice. The Regulations require that this register shall be available for inspection at the offices of the Building Control Authority during office hours.
The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014, S.I. No. 9/2014 www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2014/si/9/made/en/print, require Building Control Authorities to keep a register of any valid Certificate of Compliance on Completion accepted by the authority. It does not require Building Control Authorities to keep a register of any Certificates of Compliance on Completion which are not accepted by the authority; however, this information may be available from individual Building Control Authorities.