Under the Irish Governments new regulation (SI No 29 of 2021) in relation to recent Covid-19-related restrictions on construction activity, previously exempted construction continues to be exempt as listed in below (A) to (L).
From 1st February 2021, restrictions now apply to private residential projects in Ireland. However, the exemption period for restrictions for social housing projects agreed by local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) is extended to 30th April 2021.
Conditions relating to social housing, including Part V Units
Works can continue as provided for in the previous regulations to social housing projects, including Part V units, where the unit is scheduled to be completed by the 30th April 2021, and the local authority or the approved housing body concerned confirms in writing that the works are necessary to alleviate homelessness, overcrowding, the numbers in emergency or temporary accommodation and to facilitate transfers from emergency accommodation or other forms of social housing to prevent, limit, minimise or slow the spread of Covid-19.
Conditions relating to private dwellings
Concerning private dwellings where a unit was under construction, and ongoing works were scheduled to be completed by the 31st January 2021, and the home under construction was capable of occupation on the 31st January 2021, exemptions have not been extended.
Works to private dwellings are not permitted after the 31st January 2021.
Essential seasonal works to enable the future commencement of residential development and infrastructure such as hedgerow removal, certain tree planting and tree removal etc as prohibited during the bird nesting season and cannot occur outside 1st September to 28th February in any normal year under the Wildlife Act, 1976 (2000) is permitted under the Health Act 1947 part 2 Sub-section 5(i).
Exempted Construction Services February 2021
The following services relating to construction and development:
(A) The construction or development of essential health and related projects, including those relevant to preventing, limiting, minimising or slowing the spread of Covid-19;
(B) The construction or development of essential educational facilities at primary and post-primary level, including school building projects, which will provide additional capacity for students or involve essential maintenance or refurbishment works in support of the continued provision of education;
(C) Certain essential projects relating to the construction and development at Technological University Dublin Campus Grangegorman;
(D) Construction or development of social housing, whether contracted by, or on behalf of, a local authority or an approved housing body, (including those properties in a housing development that a local authority or approved housing body has agreed to lease, or where a developer has agreed to transfer ownership to a local authority or approved housing body or agreed the grant of a lease to a local authority in accordance with section 96(3) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (No. 30 of 2000)) where –
(i) The local authority, or the approved housing body concerned, confirms that the completion of the housing project is necessary to alleviate homelessness, overcrowding, the numbers in emergency or temporary accommodation and to facilitate transfers from emergency accommodation or other forms of social housing in order to prevent, limit, minimise or slow the spread of Covid-19,
(ii) The project is funded, or has been approved for funding, in whole or in part, by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and
(iii) The project is scheduled to be completed by the 28th day of February 2021;
(E) Essential works on vacant residential properties, owned or controlled by a local authority or an approved housing body, which are necessary to allow the property to be allocated to a household on the social housing waiting list, and which are scheduled to be completed by the 28th day of February 2021;
(F) Works of adaptation relating to a housing adaptation grant paid in accordance with Regulation 5 of the Housing (Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 670 of 2007) where the person in respect of whom the grant is payable consents to such works of adaptation being undertaken in his or her home;
(G) Construction or development funded by the pyrite remediation scheme in accordance with the Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 (No. 51 of 2013) which are scheduled to be completed by the 31st day of January 2021 and where the completion of such construction or development is essential to prevent, limit, minimise or slow the spread of Covid-19;
(H) The repair, maintenance and construction of critical transport and utility infrastructure;
(I) The supply and delivery of essential or emergency maintenance and repair services to businesses and places of residence (including electrical, gas, oil, plumbing, glazing and roofing services) on an emergency call-out basis;
(J) Housing construction and completion works ongoing on 8th January 2021 where such works are scheduled to be completed by the 31st day of January 2021 and will render the home under construction capable of occupation by that date;
(K) Construction and development projects necessary for the maintenance of supply chains in respect of services specified in subparagraphs (h) to (p) of paragraph 2 or information and communications specified in subparagraphs (c) and (d) of paragraph 9 but shall exclude general-purpose facilities such as office accommodation and car parks;
(L) Construction and development projects that relate to the direct supply of medical products for Covid-19.