Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (225)

Eoin Ó Broin


225. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number of building control officers in each local authority; the number of same represented as full-time equivalents; the number of inspections of residential homes under construction in numbers and as a percentage of the overall number of residential units in that administrative area; and the cost of the building control function in each local authority area in each of the years 2014 to 2020 and to date 2021, in tabular form. [2716/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each Chief Executive is responsible for the staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authority for which he or she is responsible.

My Department oversees workforce planning for the local government sector, including the monitoring of local government sector employment levels. To this end, my Department gathers aggregate quarterly data on staff numbers in each local authority. However, granular data, in terms of the specific role and function of each individual staff member, is not collected and consequently is not available in my Department. The relevant information would be available from individual local authorities.

The National Audit and Oversight Commission (NOAC) collects and publishes data annually on inspections of new buildings covered by valid Commencement Notices received. The latest NOAC Local Authority Performance Indicator Report 2019 (available at:, shows that nationally almost a quarter of notified new buildings were inspected.