The real cost of DACs

The real cost of DACs

Postby onq » Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:03 am

According to a colleague, who has contacts with many owners/occupiers of small premises, the retrograde step of introducing yet another statutory approval has created barriers to many a small business upgrading their premises and may have done the opposite of what was intended.

Many owners/occupiers of small premises [so I'm told] are either -

  • holding off improving their premises
  • not doing works which might normally attract the need for a fire cert and/or planning permission, or else
  • doing the works but getting neither FC or DAC because of the onerous DAC requirements and ridiculous fee cost.
The costs of upgrading an older existing premises can be substantial and is simply not being carried out in many cases.
Like another piece of legislation I could name it is clear that there should be a grandfather clause for older builders.
The cost of wholesale upgrades can only be borne by a commercial new building development.

Why there was even a perceived need for a DAC at is unclear, because all the DOEHLG had to do is stop the several local authority building control officers sporting their figures off on YET ANOTHER COURSE / SEMINAR (!) and tell them to get their hands dirty doing some actual productive work in their own functional area and enforcing Part M!
This would have resulted in more work being done to premises that needed it, as opposed to targeting all premises with a broad brush and taking €800 out of the available finance which could have been put towards the cost of the works/professional fees.

Small businesses are the backbone of any local economy, not FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) super-corporations, who take their tax here under a flag of convenience (like in shipping) at 12.5% but employ their people in India.
Many small businesses occupy older premises where the existing building may not be not up to current building regulation or newer fire safety requirements.

Given the current reluctance to catering for disabled persons and the previous non-compliance, I think the DOEHLG and the government in general need to look at this sector again, because placing onerous requirements on small shop owners and struggling local businesses in at any time is stupid, but in a recession its criminal.

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Re: The real cost of DACs

Postby onq » Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:25 am

This 30 minute restriction is a real pain when trying to perfect a post Paul!

"Like another piece of legislation I could name it is clear that there should be a grandfather clause for older builders."

Should have read -

"Like another piece of legislation I could name it is clear that there should be a grandfather clause for older buildings."

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Re: The real cost of DACs

Postby Paul cuddy » Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:42 pm

NAIL ON THE HEAD
Absolutely, what planet are they on when they come up with this stuff, they probably were not aware of PART M and collectively decided to create some legislation that deals with disability access.
If you are truly in compliance with the TGD, then there is no need for a DAC.
They need to get out there and exercise some enforcement and then that will stop people cutting corners.
As for it impeding small business owners, well what more would you expect from our government, its socialism for the rich and capitalism for the little guy.
The fees for these certificates will be used to pay for road workers to lean on their shovels.
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