Association of Electrical Contractors (Ireland); Woodview Centre, Main Street, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Phone:  01 610 2715; Fax: 01 610 2692;Website: www.aeci.ie; Email:info@aeci.ie

 

16th June 2017

 

Dear Members

 

Many members have shown concern that as Registered Electrical Contractors we were about to be compelled to be further Registered by C.I.R.I. under the control of C.I.F.

 

AECI has made many representations to the Dept. of Environment, now the Dept of Housing & Planning, where we stressed in no uncertain terms, that Registered Electrical Contractors are already stringently policed and certified by Safe Electric / RECI and we would object strongly to any further obligations to be registered by another Government Body or Private Body.

 

The government bodies involved conceded and have made Registered Electrical Contractor exempt from C.I.R.I.

 

Please see wording below, that you can use if and when requested.

 

CIRI Scheme

 

This is to clarify that under the CIRI Scheme, Head 3, which deals with exemptions, Registered Electrical Contractors are specifically exempt as per Head 3 (2) (b) This Act shall not apply to: electrical works to a building undertaken by a Registered Electrical Contractor pursuant to the Electricity Regulation Act 1999.

 

However, those who are carrying out work beyond what is regulated under the Electricity Regulation Act 1999, but covered by the Building Control Acts 1990 to 2014 will need to be CIRI registered for that work 3(1)(a).

 

 

Note:

 

Please see below extract from the general scheme of CIRI, Head 3 which deals with exemptions, as you can see registered electrical contractors are specifically exempt 3 (2)(b). However, those who are carrying out work beyond what is regulated under the Electricity Regulation Act 1999, but covered by the Building Control Acts 1990 to 2014 will need to be CIRI registered for that work 3(1)(a).

 

 

HEAD 3 SECTION 3

APPLICATION AND EXEMPTIONS

To provide that:

3. (1) This Act shall apply to:-

(a) Any builder carrying out building works under the Building Control Acts 1990 to 2014 which are subject to the Building Regulations 1997 to 2017 and which are not exempt under section 3(2).

 

3. (2) This Act shall not apply to: –

(a) building works carried out solely and exclusively by an owner or an occupier involving the construction of a new single dwelling on a single unit development or the extension, alteration or upgrading of an existing dwelling – this exemption does not apply to any contractor or sub-contractor engaged by such an exempt person,

(b) Electrical works to a building undertaken by a registered electrical contractor pursuant to the Electricity Regulation Act 1999,

(c) Gas works to a building undertaken by a registered gas installer, registered with the R.G.I.I. pursuant to the Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006,

(d) Building works undertaken directly by the employees of a public body on a building in public ownership,

(e) Building works undertaken directly by the employees of an Approved housing body on a building under its control,

(f) Building works undertaken directly by the employees of the OPW on a building under its control.

 

 

 

You can access the full text of the General Scheme of the Bill at the following link: http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/building-standards/other/general-scheme-building-control-construction-industry-register-bill-2017

 

 

 

Chris Lundy

Executive Secretary

On behalf of AECI Council