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Building Regulations

Building Regulations are set out by the government to ensure that each house built in Ireland is to a minimum standard that has to be complied to. The regulations apply to the manufacture of products and service and the use of the product by the consumer.

Standards are set out to protect work environments and the quality of goods.

Below you will find example’s of what building regulations will require of you as a self builder, but as each project is different do consult your qualified architect or engineer about what effects this would have on your build and make sure that they are adhered to and kept by the contractors.

Regulation S.I.365 of 2015
Information Note for Owners of new dwellings and extensions who opt out of Statutory Certification for building control purposes

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Technical Guidance Documents


The Technical Documents, commonly known as TGD's give guidance on how to construct a building so that it complies with the Regulations. Where works are carried out in accordance with the TGDs, this will indicate compliance with the Regulations. The adoption of an approach different to the TGD's is not prohibited, provided that the approach meets the requirements of the Regulations.

The Building Control Authority may require such evidence in the case of an approach different from that given in the guidance to ensure that the building does comply with the regulations. Important to note that neither the Building Regulations or the TGDs promote the use of a particular product or method of construction - nor do they favour masonry construction over timber frame construction.

Individual Technical Guidance Documents

You can access the individual Technical Guidance Documents by clicking on the link for each document listed below which will take you to the document which is held in the publications area of the site.

Current Technical Guidance Documents and Supporting Documentation

The Department is continuously reviewing and updating the Building Regulations and Technical Guidance Documents. Primary responsibility for compliance with the requirements of the Building Regulations rests with the designers, builders and owners of buildings. The role of the local building control authority is to monitor and enforce the building control system. Authorities are empowered to carry out inspections and undertake, where necessary, enforcement action in order to ensure compliance.

Full List of Technical Guidance Documents 1997 - 2012

Part A- Structure (2012) (pdf, 1,182kb)

Part A - Structure: (1997)(Reprint 2005) (pdf, 416kb)

Part B - Fire Safety: (2006) (pdf,1.3mb)
Part C - Site Preparation and Resistance to Moisture (1997)(Reprint 2004)(pdf, 857kb)

Part D - Materials and Workmanship (2000): (Reprint 2005) (pdf, 187kb)
Part E - Sound: (1997)(Reprint 2005) (pdf, 642kb)

Part F - Ventilation (2009) (pdf, 2,166kb)

Part F - Ventilation (2002) (pdf, 383kb)

Part G - Hygiene (2008)(Reprint July 2011)(pdf, 773kb)

Part G - Hygiene (2008) (pdf, 502kb)

Part G - Hygiene (1997)(Reprint 2005) (pdf, 683kb)

Part H - Drainage and Waste Water Disposal (2010) (pdf,1,405kb)

Part H - Drainage and Waste Water Disposal (1997)(Reprint 2005) (pdf, 683kb)
Part J - Heat Producing Appliances: (Reprint May 05) (pdf, 242kb)
Part K - Stairways Ladders Ramps and Guards: (Reprint May 05) (pdf, 272kb)

Part L - Conservation of Fuel and Energy - Buildings Other Than Dwellings 2008 (pdf, 2,425kb)

Part L - Conservation of Fuel and Energy (2005)(Reprint 2006) (pdf, 1,674kb)

Part L - Conservation of Fuel and Energy (1997) (pdf, 1,311kb)

Part L - Conservation of Fuel and Energy - Dwellings (2011) (pdf, 985kb)

Part L- Conservation of Fuel and Energy - Dwellings (2007) (Reprint 2008) (pdf, 1,771kb)

Part L- Conservation of Fuel and Energy - Dwellings (2002)(Reprint 2005) (pdf, 696kb)

Part M - Access and Use (2010) (pdf, 3,442kb)

Part M - Access and Use (2010) - Flowchart (pdf, 497kb)

Part M - Access and Use (2010) - Building Control Officer Training Manual (pdf, kb)

Part M - Access for People with Disabilities (2000) (Reprint May 05) (pdf, 302kb)

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