Author: Hubert Fitzpatrick, director, Construction Industry Federation
During the past year, the Government acknowledged the need for independently verified evidence of compliance with statutory obligations supported by the establishment of a Statutory Register of Builders and Contractors.
In tandem with measures introduced by the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014, the Minister asked the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) to bring forward proposals for the development of a robust voluntary registration scheme. This scheme is to be reviewed within 12 months of operation with a view to ensuring that a robust statutory scheme is in place by 2015.
The CIF responded to the wishes of the Department and has now launched the Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI), which will provide for the online application for registration by contractors and builders.
Entry to the register will be subject to an assessment and Board approval. Membership of the Board includes a chair and ten members who are representatives from Government departments and agencies, professionals and members. Three of the ten Board members can be registered members of the CIRI.
The CIRI is established and operated by the CIF for the purpose of developing and promoting best practice in the sector. It expects that the Register will help users of construction services when selecting a competent contractor/builder and otherwise discharging their responsibilities under statutory regulations including the Building Control Regulations and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Regulations.