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    • What parts of a protected structure must be preserved?

      Protected Structure designation aims to preserve all parts of the structure, including its interior, all land around it, and any other structures on that land (including boundaries). The designation also applies to all fixtures and fittings forming part of the interior of a protected structure or of any structure on the land around it.  External boundary walls, for example rubble stone, wrought and cast-iron railings are also included in the designation.

      Which of these scenarios require a Disability Access Certificate?

      Yes:  New buildings, including apartment blocks

      No:  Dwelling houses

      Yes:  Material alteration to a day care centre, apartment block, hotel, hostel, guest building, institutional building, place of assembly, shopping centre

      Yes:  Material alteration to a shop, office or industrial building where additional floor area is provided within existing building or building is being subdivided into a number of units for separate occupancy.

      Yes:  Extension to an existing building other than a dwelling house of greater that 25m2

      No:  Existing building was damaged/burnt and is being repaired.

      No:   A material change of use, by itself -  see above

      Yes:  A material change of use involving a material alteration associated with the change of use.

      What is a Disability Access Certificate?

      A Disability Access Certificate is a certificate granted by a Building Control Authority which certifies compliance of the design of certain works (e.g. new buildings (except dwelling houses), some extensions to, and some material alterations to buildings (except dwelling houses) with the requirements of Part M of the Building Regulations. 

      Will there be a 7 day Notice or a Regularisation Certificate in respect of the Disability Access Certificate?

      There is no need for a 7 day notice in respect of a Disability Access Certifiate, as a Disability Access Certificate is not required prior to commencement - see above.

      There is no need for a regularisation certificate as Disability Access Certificate only applies to works commencing from Jan 1 2010 and not retrospectively. A Disability Access Certificate must be acquired prior to opening, operating or occupying a building to which works required a Disability Access Certificate. A Disability Access Certificate can be applied for this purpose. 

      How do I report a complaint of anti-social behaviour?

      Complaints of anti-social behaviour can be made by contacting the section on Tel: 012054700 ext. 4112 or ext. 4183, or 24hr voicemail -2054807, or in writing to,

      Anti-social Section, Housing Department, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Marine Rd., Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 

      When is a Disability Access Certificate required?

      A  Disability Access Certificate is required in respect of the following works to buildings other than dwellings (but including apartment buildings), in so far as the Requirements of Part M apply and which commence or take place on or after 1 January 2010;

      (a) works in connection with the design and construction of a new building,

      (b) works in connection with the material alteration of—

      (i) a day centre,

      (ii) a building containing a flat,

      (iii) a hotel, hostel or guest building, or

      (iv) an institutional building, or

      (v) a place of assembly, or

      (vi) a shopping centre,

      but excluding works to such buildings, consisting solely of minor works,

      (c) works in connection with the material alteration of a shop, office or industrial building where —

      (i) additional floor area is being provided within the existing building, or

      (ii) the building is being subdivided into a number of units for separate occupancy,

      (d) works in connection with the extension of a building by more than 25 square metres,

      (e) a building as regards which a material change of use takes place, (see note below)

      It should be noted in this context, that the Requirements of Part M 2000

      • apply to all works in connection with a material alteration or an extension, without requiring any further work to the existing building1,2.

      • do not apply to a material change of use, except where a material alteration or extension is associated with the material change of use, in which case refer to the previous point3.

      1 Article 11 of the Building Regulations 1997-2008 also stipulates the Regulations apply to every part of a buildings affected by the material alteration or extension but only to the extent of prohibiting any works which would cause a new or greater contravention, in such building.

      2 Part M does not apply to works in connection with extensions to and the material alterations of existing dwellings, provided that such works do not create a new dwelling.

      3 The Requirements of Part M 2010 due to commence on 1 January 2012 amended Article 13 to include the application of Part M to certain material changes of use. It also amended Article 11 of the Building Regulations to extend the definition of a Material Alteration to include Part M. 

      What are the main changes?

      The main changes are as follows:

      • A new allocations scheme replaces the Scheme of Letting Priorities. This is available on our website. Housing Allocations Scheme 2011 (pdf -68kb) PDF Icon   pdf 123kb             
      • To be eligible for Social Housing Support in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council area you must either live in the County Council area or have a connection to the area.
      • You may apply to one Local Authority only. Please see point 6 below in relation to your choice of areas.
      • You must have a legal right to remain in the State on a long term basis.
      • You must not own alternative accommodation which could be occupied or sold and the proceeds used to secure other suitable accommodation.
      • Your net income must be below the thresholds below;
      Single
      Adult
      Two Adults
      No Children
      One Adult
      One Child
      One Adult
      Two Children
      One Adult
      Three Children
      Two Adults
      One Child
      Two Adults
      Two Children 
      Two Adults
      Four or more Children 
      Three Adults
      Four or more Children
      €35,000  €36,750  €35,875  €36,750  €37,625 €37,625  €38,500  €40,250  €42,000

       

      What is the fee for a Disability Access Certificate?

      The fee is €800 per building.

      I am liable for some years?

      If you are liable there may be a penalty for late payment..

      Is a Disability Access Certificate required prior to submitting a commencement notice?

      A person shall not carry out works in contravention of Part M of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations 2000 or any conditions subject to which a Disability Access Certificate is granted (where a Disability Access Certificate is required). 

      To avoid potentially expensive remedial work,  it would be considered good practice to apply for a DAC at the same time as a Fire Safety Certificate ((FSC) prior to submitting a commencement notice), therefore ensuring that the DAC and any conditions pertaining to it are set out prior to commencement of works.  

      However, a DAC may be applied for after commencement notice, but in no case shall a building be opened, operated or occupied or permitted to do so unless a DAC has been granted or pending determination of an appeals process.

      A commencement notice must be submitted between 14-28 days in advance of work commencing.

      If I am eligible to receive social housing support, which areas can I choose?

      You may identify up to three housing areas – however, one must be in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown area.  Your other two choices could be in the other Dublin Local Authority areas i.e. Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council and/or Fingal County Council.

      If you so decide, your three choices may all lie within the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council area.

      You may change your choice of housing area once in any twelve month period.

      Do I require a Final Grant of Planning Permission before I submit my Commencement Notice?

      Yes. Final Grant is required before a commencement notice can be submitted. 

      I paid NPPR but cannot remember details?

      In order for us to assist locating a payment it is best to supply your PPS number and or the NPPR registration number which may have been emailed to you when you paid. 

      If a proposed development has already been granted planning permission and a FSC prior to 01/01/10, but works have not commenced prior to that date, is a Disability Access Certificate required?

      Yes. 

      Am I eligible for Council Housing?

      Criteria for eligibility for Council housing are included in the Council's Allocation Scheme. 

      Eligibility criteria include:

      • Need-You must be in genuine need of housing and be unable to provide accommodation from your own resources
      • Right to live in Ireland-You must have a legal right to remain in the State on a long term basis
      • Age-You must be 18 years of age or older
      • Income – your net income must be below the thresholds below:-
      • Single Adult: €35,000
      • 2 Adults No Children: €36,750
      • 1 Adult & 1 Child: €35,875
      • 1 Adult & 2 Children: €36,750
      • 2 Adults & 1 Child: €37,625
      • 2 Adults & 2 Children: €38,500
      • 2 Adults & 3 Children: €39,375
      • 2 Adults & 4 or more Children: €40,250
      • 3 Adults & 4 or more Children: €42,000
      Cé na codanna de dhéanmhas cosanta ar gá iad a chaomhnú?

      Is é aidhm an ainmnithe mar Dhéanmhas Cosanta gach cuid den déanmhas a chaomhnú, lena n-áirítear an taobh istigh de, agus aon déanmhas eile ar an talamh sin (lena n-áirítear teorainneacha). Baineann an t-ainmniú leis na daingneáin agus na feistis ar chuid iad den taobh istigh de dhéanmhas cosanta nó de dhéanmhas ar an talamh timpeall air. Áirítear ballaí teorann seachtracha, mar shampla, spallaí, ráillí iarann teilgthe nó saoirsithe san ainmniú. 

      Cé acu cás ar gá Teastas Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas a fháil ina leith?

      Is gá:  Foirgnimh nua, lena n-áirítear bloic árasáin

      Ní gá: Tithe cónaithe

      Is gá:  Athrú ábhartha ar ionad cúram lae, bloc árasán, óstán, brú, foirgneamh aíochta, foirgneamh institiúideach, áit tionóil, ionad siopadóireachta

      Is gá:  Athrú ábhartha ar shiopa, oifig nó foirgneamh tionscail i gcás go gcuirfear achar urláir breise ar fáil laistigh den fhoirgneamh atá ann cheana féin nó go roinnfear foirgneamh i roinnt aonad le haghaidh áitíochta ar leith.

      Is gá: Síneadh de níos mó ná 25m2 a chur le foirgneamh atá ann cheana féin seachas teach cónaithe

      Ní gá:  Foirgneamh damáiste nó dóite atá ann cheana féin agus atá á dheisiú.

      Ní gá:   Athrú ábhartha úsáide, leis féin – féach thuas

      Is gá:  Athrú ábhartha úsáide a mbaineann athrú ábhartha leis i dtaca leis an athrú úsáide.

      An bhfuil mé incháilithe do Thithíocht Chomhairle?

      Tá na critéir incháilitheachta maidir le tithíocht Chomhairle i Scéim Leithdháilte na Comhairle.

      Ar na critéir incháilitheachta tá:

      • – Ní mór go mbeidh fíor-ghá agat le tithíocht agus nach mbeidh tú in ann cóiríocht a fháil le d’acmhainní féin.
      • Ceart chun cónaithe in Éirinn – Ní mór go mbeidh an ceart dlíthiúil agat chun fanacht sa Stát go fadtéarmach.
      • Aois – Caithfidh tú a bheith 18 mbliana d’aois nó níos sine.
      • Ioncam –  Ní mór go mbeidh do ghlanioncam faoi bhun na dtairseach thíos:-
      • Duine Fásta Aonair: €35,000
      • 2 Dhuine Fásta Gan aon Pháistí: €36,750
      • Duine Fásta Amháin & Páiste Amháin: €35,875
      • Duine Fásta Amháin & 2 Pháistí: €36,750
      • 2 Dhuine Fásta & Páiste Amháin: €37,625
      • 2 Dhuine Fásta & 2 Pháistí: €38,500
      • 2 Dhuine Fásta & 3 Pháistí: €39,375
      • 2 Dhuine Fásta & 4 Pháistí nó níos mó: €40,250
      • 3 Dhuine Fásta & 4 Pháistí nó níos mó: €42,000
      An gá go mbeidh an Deonú Deiridh de Chead Pleanála agam sula gcuirfidh mé an Fógra Tosaithe isteach?

      Is gá. Is gá go mbeidh Deonú Deiridh agat sula bhféadfaidh tú fógra tosaithe a chur isteach.

      Cén táille atá ar Theastas Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas?

      Is é an táille ná €800 in aghaidh an fhoirgnimh.

       

      An gá Teastas Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas a fháil sula gcuirfear fógra tosaithe isteach?

      Ní dhéanfaidh aon duine oibreacha de shárú ar Chuid M den Dara Sceideal a ghabhann le Rialacháin Phleanála 2000 ná ar aon choinníollacha ar faoina réir a dheonaítear Teastas Rochtana do Daoine faoi Mhíchumas (i gcás gur gá le Teastas Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas a fháil).

      Chun obair dheisiúcháin chostasach a sheachaint, meastar gur dea-chleachtas é iarratas a chur isteach ar TRDM agus ar Dheimhniú um Shábháilteacht ó Dhóiteáin ag an am céanna. Dá bhrí sin, leagfar amach an TRDM agus aon choinníollacha ina leith sula gcuirfear tús leis na hoibreacha.

      Is féidir, áfach, cur isteach ar TRDM tar éis fógra tosaithe a tabhairt, ach ní osclófar, ní oibreofar agus ní áitreofar foirgneamh agus ní cheadófar é sin in imthosca ar bith mura bhfuil TRDM tugtha nó go dtí go gcinnfear próiseas achomhairc.

      Nó mór fógra tosaithe a chur isteach 14–28 lá sula gcuirfear tús leis an obair.

      Cad is Teastas Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas?

      Is teastas é an Teastas Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas a dheonaíonn an tÚdarás Rialaithe Foirgníochta ar deimhniú é go gcomhlíonann dearadh oibreacha áirithe, e.g. foirgnimh nua (seachas tithe cónaithe), roinnt sínte le foirgnimh agus athruithe móra orthu (seachas tithe cónaithe) ceanglais Sceideal M a ghabhann leis na Rialacháin Phleanála.  

      Cathain is gá le Teastas Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas?

      Is gá le Teastas Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas maidir leis na hoibreacha seo a leanas ar fhoirgnimh seachas tithe cónaithe (ach lena n-áirítear foirgnimh árasán), a mhéid a bhaineann Ceanglais Chuid M leo agus a cuireadh tús leo ar an 1 Eanáir 2010 nó ina dhiaidh sin:

      (a) oibreacha a bhaineann le dearadh agus tógáil foirgnimh nua,

      (b) oibreacha a bhaineann le hathrú ábhartha–

      (i) ar ionad lae,

      (ii) ar fhoirgneamh a bhfuil árasán ann,

      (iii) ar óstán, brú nó foirgnimh aíochta, nó

      (iv) foirgneamh institiúideach, nó

      (v) áit tionóil, nó

      (vi) ionad siopadóireachta,

      ach níl oibreacha ar fhoirgnimh den chineál sin ar oibreacha beaga iad san áireamh,

      (c) oibreacha a bhaineann le hathrú ábhartha ar shiopa, oifig nó foirgneamh tionscail i gcás–

      (i) go gcuirfear achar urláir breise ar fáil laistigh den fhoirgneamh atá ann cheana, nó

      (ii) go roinnfear an foirgneamh ina aonaid le haghaidh áitíochta ar leith,

      (d) oibreacha a bhaineann le síneadh de níos mó ná 25 mhéadar chearnacha a chur le foirgneamh,

      (e) foirgneamh a mbeidh athrú ábhartha úsáide ag baint leis (féach an nóta thíos)

      Ní mór a thabhairt faoi deara sa chomhthéacs seo

      • go bhfuil feidhm ag Ceanglais Chuid M 2000 i leith na n-oibreacha go léir a bhaineann le hathrú ábhartha nó síneadh, gan gá le hobair eile ar an bhfoirgneamh atá ann cheana féin1,2.

      • nach bhfuil feidhm ag Ceanglais Chuid M 2000 i leith athrú ábhartha úsáide, ach amháin i gcás go mbaineann athrú ábhartha nó síneadh leis an athrú ábhartha úsáide. Sa chás sin, breathnaigh ar an bpointe roimhe seo3.

      1 Tá sé sonraithe in Alt 11 de na Rialacháin Phleanála 1997–2008 go mbaineann na Rialacháin le gach cuid d’fhoirgneamh a mbeidh tionchar ag an athrú ábhartha nó ag an síneadh uirthi ach amháin a mhéid is go dtoirmiscfear oibreacha a chruthódh sárú nua ná sárú níos mó i bhfoirgneamh den chineál sin.

      2 Ní bhaineann Cuid M le hoibreacha i dtaca le sínte a chur le teaghaisí atá ann cheana féin nó athruithe ábhartha a dhéanamh orthu, ar choinníoll nach gcruthóidh na hoibreacha teaghais nua

      3 Rinneadh Ceanglais Chuid M 2010 a bhí le tosú ar an 1 Eanáir 2012 Alt 13 a leasú sa chaoi is go bhfuil feidhm ag Cuid M ar athruithe ábhartha úsáide áirithe. Rinne sé Alt 11 de na Rialacháin Phleanála a leasú freisin chun an sainmhíniú ar Athrú Ábhartha a leathnú sa chaoi is go n-áirítear Cuid M ann.

      An mbeidh Fógra 7 lá nó Deimhniú Tabhairt chun Rialtachta i gceist leis an Deimhniú Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas?

      Ní gá le fógra 7 lá maidir le Deimhniú Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas, mar ní gá le Deimhniú Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas sula dtosófar – féach thuas.

      Ní gá le Deimhniú Tabhairt chun Rialtachta mar ní bhaineann an Deimhniú Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas ach le hoibreacha a tosaíodh ón 1 Eanáir 2010 agus ní bhaineann sé go cúlghabhálach. Ní mór Deimhniú Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas a fháil sula n-osclófar, a n-oibreofar nó a n-áiteofar foirgneamh ina mbeidh Deimhniú Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas de dhíth i leith oibreacha. Is féidir cur isteach ar Dheimhniú Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas chun na críche sin.

      Má deonaíodh cead pleanála agus Deimhniú um Shábháilteacht ó Dhóiteán d’fhorbairt bheartaithe roimh 01/01/10, ach mura cuireadh tús leis na hoibreacha roimh an dáta sin, an bhfuil gá le Deimhniú Rochtana do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas?

      Tá. 

      Tá íocaíocht ar áit chónaithe phríobháideach neamhphríomha (NPPR) íoctha agam ach ní chuimhin liom na sonraí?

      B'fhearr d'uimhir PSP a chur ar fáil dúinn nó uimhir chlárúcháin an NPPR, a d'fhéadfadh a bheith seolta chugat i ríomhphost nuair a d'íoc tú.

       

      Céard a tharlóidh má tá mé faoi dhliteanas roinnt blianta?

      Má tá dliteanas ort, seans go ngearrfar pionós ort as an íocaíocht a bheith déanach.

      What happens if I refuse an offer of housing?

      Should you refuse two offers of housing within a twelve month period your application will be suspended for twelve months. Your application will be re-activated after this period however this suspension will not count as time on the housing list.  You will not be on the Council’s Housing List for the suspension period and will not have access to Choice Based Letting or eligible for any social housing support. Your entitlement to Supplementary Rent Allowance may also be affected .

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