The primary purpose of the Building Regulations is to provide for the health, safety and welfare of people in and around buildings. The regulations apply to new buildings, extensions and alterations to existing buildings and to certain changes of use of existing buildings.
Once you have received Planning permission and before you start building there are forms that may need to be submitted to the Council. Depending on what the development is you may need to send in a Commencement Notice or a 7-Day notice, Fire Safety Certificate and Disability Access Certificate. (link to fire services)
Please note that from March 1st 2014 new Commencement Notice procedures apply. The Notice should be submitted online on the National Building Control Management System
Housing estates Taking in charge of estates
An application for taking in charge may be made to the Council when an estate has been completed. When the Planning department is satisfied that the estate has been satisfactorily completed the Roads department commence the statutory procedure. This entails public notice being given and stating that objections or representations may be made to the Council. The making of an order that an estate be taken in charge is a reserved function of the Council members.
Building Control regulations guide – Building Regulations
Building Control Regulations code of practice - Building Regulations
More information and legislation http://www.environ.ie/en/DevelopmentHousing/BuildingStandards/
EU Construction Productions Regulations
Taking in charge general conditions and requirements Taking in Charge Process 2008