The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until April 5th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is an absolute need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Relaxation of the Building Control Regulations

Section 4 and Section 5 of the Building Control Act, 1990 deals with ‘a Dispensation from, or a relaxation of, any requirement of Building Regulations’.

Section 4(1) of the Building Control Act, 1990 empowers a Building Control Authority to grant a dispensation from, or a relaxation of, any Requirement of Building Regulations in respect of buildings or works, which are situated within the functional area of the authority.

Only requirements of Building Regulations may be given relaxations or dispensations. Guidance given in Technical Guidance Documents may not be relaxed or dispensed- this is an important and often misunderstood distinction.

An applicant who is dissatisfied with the decision of a Building Control Authority on an application for a dispensation from, or relaxation of, any requirement of the Building Regulations may appeal to An Bord Pleanala as per Part VI of the Building Control Regulations 1997.

An application for a Dispensation from, or Relaxation of, any requirement of the Building Regulations must be made on the form set out in the fourth of the Building Regulations, 1997 (Statutory Instrument No. 497 of 1997). This Application Form can be downloaded from this link Relaxation of the Building Regulations.pdf (size 12.6 KB) or can be obtained from the following.

Building Control Authority
Central Fire Station
Sragh, Tullamore
Co. Offaly.

Tel. 057-9327410
Fax 057-9351524