Offaly County Council wishes to advise that the following Public Offices will re- open public counters on Thursday 5th August 2021 from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm Monday to Friday:

Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore

Tullamore Tullamore Municipal District Offices

The Public Offices listed below will open as follows:

** Edenderry Municipal District Offices (Monday-Wednesday each week from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm only)

** Birr Municipal District Offices (Tuesday-Thursday each week from 9.30 am to 1pm only)

At Áras an Chontae, Tullamore, counter services for Planning, Roads, the Local Enterprise Office, Community & Culture, Corporate Services, Water Services and Environment will be available by APPOINTMENT MADE IN ADVANCE only.

Where possible the public should continue to access our services by phone, email, online or by appointment. Please read for latest information and measures in place.

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