The main objective of the Regulation of Providers of Building Works Bill 2021, is to develop and promote a culture of competence, good practice and compliance with the Building Regulations in the construction sector, which will benefit consumers and the general public. The legislation will require providers of building services to register with the appointed statutory body. This will apply to entities or individuals who hold themselves out for consideration as a provider of building works for both residential and non-residential buildings (subject to the building regulations).
The Bill will allow for complaints against registered builders to be made on a number of grounds – in particular in relation to an entity providing building services in a category in which they are not registered. It provides for a range of proportionate sanctions to be imposed after investigation. Complaints in relation to building regulations will continue to be dealt with under the Building Control Act.
The Bill provides that when the register is operating on a statutory basis, the Admissions and Appeals Board shall publish information in relation to sanctions of registered members as it thinks fit and that the statutory body shall also prepare an annual report of its proceedings under the Act.
The current Construction Industry Register of Ireland (CIRI) register was established in 2014 by the Construction Industry Federation and approximately 800 building and contracting entities are included on the register. This register is voluntary, and is operating on a non-statutory basis. Thenumber of complaints received and actions taken are a matter for CIRI.