Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (268)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

268. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding registration fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3359/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Having regard to the detailed engagement that took place with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) when the fees referred to were set initially, and again when they were reviewed in 2016, I am satisfied that the fees have been set at an appropriate level in relation to the functions which the RIAI performs under the Building Control Act 2007.  It should also be noted that provision exists for fees to be reduced or waived in cases of verified hardship.

The RIAI publishes an annual report each year which is available on its website at the following link: https://www.riai.ie/about/riai_annual_reports/.  This includes a certified financial report with details of income and expenditure.  In addition, its annual return is filed with the Companies Registration Office. 

My Department will be reviewing the relevant reporting arrangements in the context of the reporting required in relation to 2018 activity under the 2007 Act.