Discretionary Powers of the Building Control Authority


  • Power to inspect any works to which Building Regulations apply.

  • Power to request any information relating to any works to which Building Regulations apply.

  • Power to serve Enforcement Notices on persons for non-compliance with Building Regulations.

  • Power to prosecute by Summary or High Court action.

  • Power to request and analyse design documentation in relation to any building.


Building Inspections


It should be noted that the power of inspection granted to the Building Control Authority is discretionary and does not impose a statutory obligation on the Building Control Authority to inspect all buildings during their construction. Under the Building Control Acts, 1990 to 2014 the responsibility for compliance with Building Regulations rests with the builders, designers and owners. Building Sites are randomly selected and monitored by way of site inspections and failure to comply with the Building Control Regulations (Commencement Notices and Fire Safety Certificates) or Building Regulations can lead to summary proceedings in the District Court which can result in a heavy fine, term of imprisonment or both.






Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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