Changes to Building Control Regulations

Dec 20, 2018

Changes to Building Control Regulations

As a result of changes to Building Control regulations, Disability Access Certificates (DACs) are no longer required for certain types of buildings.

Building Control Statute

SI 526 which came into effect on the 17th of December, 2018 breaks the link between Fire Certificates and DACs.

Please note DACs are still required for:

  • The construction of a new building
  • The material alteration (excluding minor works) of:
  • The material alteration of a shop, office or industrial building where:
  • The extension of a building by more than 25 square meters,
  • The material change of use where the building, becomes used as:
    • a day centre,
    • a hotel, hostel or guest building, or
    • an institutional building, or
    • a place of assembly, or
    • a shopping centre,
  • The material alteration of a shop, office or industrial building where:
    • the building is being subdivided into a number of units for separate occupancy, or
    • additional floor area is being provided within the building,
  • The material change of use where the building, becomes used as:
    • a day centre,
    • a hotel, hostel or guest building,
    • an institutional building,
    • a place of assembly,
    • a shop (which is not ancillary to the primary use of the building), or
    • a shopping centre.

 DACs are NOT required for the Material Change of Use to a building, where:  

  • a flat, becomes so used,
  • an office, becomes so used, or
  • an industrial building, becomes so used.

 DACs are also not required for

  • An agricultural building,
  • A dwelling (other than a flat),
  • A garage ancillary to a dwelling,
  • Certain other buildings ancillary to a dwelling,
  • A building used solely to enable inspection, repair or maintenance of fixed plant, building services, or machinery. (Eg a Sub-Station)

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