Sligo County Council is the Building Control Authority for both Sligo County Council and Sligo Borough Council. The objective of the building control section is to encourage good building practice, to ensure that buildings are constructed correctly and that access for the disabled and elderly is provided for in building plans. The section carries out inspections and monitors compliance on new buildings. It is required to carry out inspections on up to 15% of such new works as notified by way of the submission of a Commencement Notice.
The Council pay particular attention to compliance with Part M of the Building Regulations (which deals with access for people with disabilities). A high level of compliance has been achieved in this area.
In addition it is the policy of Sligo County Council when in receipt of a Commencement Notice for two or more houses or for commercial or industrial premises to require the developer to submit drawings showing compliance with Part M – Section 11 (c) BC Act 1990. This has the effect of making both the developer and architect/agent aware that Part M should be complied with both at the design and the construction stages.
It is also Sligo County Council’s policy to try and resolve breaches with the parties involved, preferably by discussion.