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Ease of Doing Business in

Ireland

Ireland Download Profile (1735.5KB, pdf)
Region OECD high income
Income Category High income
Population 4,640,703
GNI Per Capita (US$) 46,680
City covered Dublin

190

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DB 2017 Rank

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100

DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 18 15 down
3
79.53 79.25 down
0.28
Starting a Business 10 19 up
9
95.91 94.18 up
1.73
Dealing with Construction Permits 38 43 up
5
76.01 75.03 up
0.98
Getting Electricity 33 27 down
6
84.19 84.17 up
0.02
Registering Property 41 40 down
1
76.28 76.27 up
0.01
Getting Credit 32 29 down
3
70.00 70.00
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Protecting Minority Investors 13 10 down
3
73.33 73.33
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Paying Taxes 5 5
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94.40 94.40
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Trading across Borders 47 47
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87.25 87.25
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Enforcing Contracts 90 88 down
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57.88 57.88
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Resolving Insolvency 17 17
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80.01 80.01
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Positive= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business.Negative= Change making it more difficult to do business.

DB 2017 Rank:

38

DB 2016 Rank:

43

Change in Rank:

up5

DB 2017 DTF (% points):

76.01

DB 2016 DTF (% points):

75.03

Change in DTF (% points):

up0.98

STANDARDIZED WAREHOUSE
Estimated value of warehouse EUR 1,963,621
City Dublin
Indicator Ireland OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 10 12.1
Time (days) info_outline 149.5 152.1
Cost (% of warehouse value) info_outline 5.4 1.6
Building quality control index (0-15) info_outline 13 11.3
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
    1

    Publish notice of construction in approved newspaper

    Agency: Newspaper

    According to Article 17(1)(a) of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 -- 2011, the planning application must be published in an authorized newspaper for 15 days. A copy of this newspaper notice must be submitted with all the documents when requesting a construction permit.

    15 days EUR 15
    * 2

    Obtain an ordinance survey map

    Agency: Ordinance Survey Ireland

    One of the required documents for applying for planning permission is the ordinance survey map showing the location of the plot.

    0.5 days EUR 77
    3

    Request and obtain planning permission

    Agency: Planning Department - Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

    The application for planning permission includes a layout or site plan, a sign notice, drawings of floor plans, elevations and sections, a copy of the newspaper notice and a copy of the site notice erected 15 days prior to submission of all documents. 10 copies of drawings, statements, photos, etc., are required as all prescribed bodies must receive a copy under the regulations

    The full application fee prescribed under the Irish Planning and Development Regulations must accompany the application for planning permission, as the application may otherwise be deemed invalid and returned by the planning authority.

    Site Notice
    A copy of the site notice must be submitted with each planning application. The site notice must be placed on site for five weeks from the date of receipt of the planning application. If it becomes illegible or is removed, it must be replaced immediately as failure to do so will invalidate the application. The site notice must be located at the entrance to the private road where it meets the public road, and at the entrance to the site. The Municipality will conduct several inspections during these 5 weeks to verify that the Site Notice has not been removed or become illegible.

    It may be necessary to submit an environmental impact statement to accompany the planning application where the local planning authority considers, by reference to the characteristics of the development, its location or the characteristics of the environmental impacts from the development, that the development is likely to have a significant effect on the environment.

    If the local planning authority considers that the development is likely to have a significant effect on a site protected under the Habitats or Birds Directives (or sites proposed for protection under the Habitats or Birds Directives), it may also be necessary to submit an 'appropriate assessment' of the predicted impacts of the proposed development on the relevant protected site(s).

    According to Development Contribution Scheme 2013 - 2015 (under Section 48, Planning & Development Act, 2000 as amended), BuildCo is required to pay a general contribution fee in respect of general public infrastructure and facilities benefiting development in the area of the planning authority.

    The time specified by law (55 days) represents the minimum statutory time period within which the planning authority may, at first instance, make a decision on the planning application. This time period may be, and in most cases is, exceeded by the relevant local planning authority requesting further information from the applicant. A valid request for further information has the effect of stopping time running against the planning authority.

    However, in practice it takes around 90 days in practice, on the basis that a request for further information is made by the planning authority. This period does not include the time for appeal of the decision made by the local planning authority at first instance. An appeal against the decision made by the local planning authority may be made to the planning appeals board (An Bord Pleanála) within 4 weeks of the date of the decision of the local planning authority. The appeal process, which may include an oral hearing, may delay the commencement of construction between 4-8 months or even more.

    Pursuant to Regulation 6 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Regulations, 2006, BuildCo must appoint in writing for every project:
    • A competent project supervisor for the design process
    • A competent project supervisor for the construction stage

    Pursuant to Regulation 10 of the Regulations, BuildCo has a duty to give notice in writing to the Health and Safety Authority in their approved forms (Forms AF1 & AF2) of these appointments. The forms are to be sent by registered post to the Health and Safety Authority, Metropolitan Building. BuildCo must receive written confirmation of acceptance of the appointments.

    Provision of these forms is required under the relevant health and safety legislation, and is therefore a procedure that must be complied with.

    In accordance with the Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 (No. 50 of 2013) enacted on 25 December 2013 a range of statutory water services functions transfer from local authorities to Irish Water from 1st January 2014. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has been notified by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government that after 1st January 2014, planning authorities, when granting permission, should no longer include a portion in respect of water services infrastructure in any development contribution applied. A charge in respect of water services infrastructure provision in respect of developments granted planning permission after 1st January 2014 will instead be levied by Irish Water. Therefore the development charges are now €74.10/sq.m. , excluding any contribution towards water services.

    90 days EUR 101,057
    * 4

    Request and obtain fire safety certificate

    Agency: Fire Safety Department of Local Authority

    A fire safety certificate is required before a building may be lawfully occupied. In order to ensure that the design and construction is in accordance with the relevant statutory fire safety requirements, an application for the fire safety certificate should be made prior to construction or, at a minimum, 90 days prior to completion, to prevent any delay in the occupation of the building.

    The application must be accompanied by a fire safety report, drawings and specifications and the relevant fee. A revised fire safety certificate may be required where planning permission is granted for a revised design or where a significant revision is made to the design for which a fire safety certificate has been granted.

    It is important that the full application fee accompany the application for a fire safety certificate, as the application may otherwise be deemed invalid and returned by the local authority.

    Builders have the option to commence development without waiting until a Fire Safety Certificate is issued, according to the 7 Day Notice I. 351 of 2009 Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2009).

    Once a firm submits a valid application for a fire safety certificate, it may submit a 7-day notice to the local planning authority and sign a statutory declaration that Part B (Fire Safety) requirements will be complied with. Once this is carried out and upon expiration of the 7-day period, the developer can commence development without waiting for the fire safety certificate to be issued.

    However, the 7-day notice can only be submitted where a valid application for a fire safety certificate is made. A fire safety certificate will still have to be issued for the development. The time period for the issuance of a fire safety certificate remains (up to) 78 days.

    78 days EUR 3,772
    * 5

    Request and obtain a disability access certificate

    Agency: Planning Department - Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

    Since January 2010, all buildings have to obtain a disability access certificate. An architect or other professional prepares the access certificate application to confirm that the design of the building meets the recommendations of Part M of the Building Control Regulations. The Building Control Authority (Local Authority) reviews the application and proceeds to issue the certificate if it is in order.

    To avoid potentially expensive remedial work, it would be considered good practice to apply for the certificate at the same time as the fire safety certificate, thereby ensuring that the certificate and any conditions pertaining to it are known prior to the commencement of works.

    A building may not be operated or occupied unless such a certificate has been granted.

    60 days EUR 800
    6

    Submit a commencement notice

    Agency: Planning Department - Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

    According to The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (the Regulations), which came into effect on 1 March 2014, a commencement notice or seven-day notice must be submitted to the building control authority. A 7 day notice is similar to a Commencement Notice and may be used for works, which require a Fire Safety Certificate, when the works need to start before the Certificate is granted. Any Commencement Notice/7-day notice submitted after the 1st March 2014, which come within the scope of S.I. 9 of 2014 must fill out an online assessment of the proposed approach to compliance with the Building Regulations. It must be signed and submitted in person, and be accompanied by the following:
    • Certificate of Compliance (Design)
    • Notice of Assignment of Person to Inspect and Certify Works (Assigned Certifier)
    • Undertaking by Assigned Certifier
    • Notice of Assignment of Builder • Undertaking by builder
    • General arrangement drawings for building control purposes – plans, sections and elevations
    • A schedule of design documents currently prepared or to be prepared at a later date
    • The preliminary inspection plan
    • Any other documents deemed appropriate by the Assigned Certifier
    • Fire Safety Certificate application
    •Statutory Declaration.
    The fee for a 7-Day Notice is €250 or €5.80 per square meter of applicable floor area, whichever is the greater.

    0.5 days EUR 30
    7

    Request water and sewage connection

    Agency: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

    BuildCo completes and send by mail the Dublin City Council’s water supply application form, along with a water conservation plan.

    As of January 2014, Irish Water (a new national water utility) has assumed responsibility for the provision of water services, in partnership with each local authority. Yet, applications and connections are still obtained through the local authority.

    1 day EUR 490
    8

    Receive inspection for feasability of the connections

    Agency: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

    BuildCo contacts the Water Services Division Plumbing Inspectorate to obtain approval for its proposed internal installations, fittings and materials.

    1 day no charge
    9

    Obtain water and sewage connection

    Agency: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

    After BuildCo receives approval, connection should be scheduled with the Water Services Division at least 3 weeks before the connection is required. A deposit equivalent to 1 month's service should be paid. It will be reimbursed within a year.

    21 days no charge
    10

    Submit the Certificate of Compliance on Completion and obtain approval

    Agency: Planning Department - Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

    A certificate of compliance needs to be submitted in person to the building authority upon completion. This must include a statutory form, plans, calculations, specifications and particulars as are necessary to outline how the building, as completed:
    - differs from the plans, calculations, specifications and particulars submitted for the planning permission
    - complies with building regulations

    Upon receipt, the building control authority will have 21 days to determine the validity of the certificate of compliance. When the certificate of compliance has been accepted, the authority will register the certificate in the registry and notify the applicant of its acceptance.

    21 days no charge

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 13.0
    Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 2.0
    How accessible are building laws and regulations in your economy? (0-1) Available online; Free of charge. 1.0
    Which requirements for obtaining a building permit are clearly specified in the building regulations or on any accessible website, brochure or pamphlet? (0-1) List of required documents; Fees to be paid; Required preapprovals. 1.0
    Quality control before construction index (0-1) 1.0
    Which third-party entities are required by law to verify that the building plans are in compliance with existing building regulations? (0-1) Licensed architect; Licensed engineer. 1.0
    Quality control during construction index (0-3) 3.0
    What types of inspections (if any) are required by law to be carried out during construction? (0-2) Inspections by in-house engineer; Inspections by external engineer or firm; Risk-based inspections. 2.0
    Do legally mandated inspections occur in practice during construction? (0-1) Mandatory inspections are always done in practice. 1.0
    Quality control after construction index (0-3) 3.0
    Is there a final inspection required by law to verify that the building was built in accordance with the approved plans and regulations? (0-2) Yes, final inspection is done by government agency; Yes, in-house engineer submits report for final inspection. 2.0
    Do legally mandated final inspections occur in practice? (0-1) Final inspection always occurs in practice. 1.0
    Liability and insurance regimes index (0-2) 0.0
    Which parties (if any) are held liable by law for structural flaws or problems in the building once it is in use (Latent Defect Liability or Decennial Liability)? (0-1)  No party is held liable under the law. 0.0
    Which parties (if any) are required by law to obtain an insurance policy to cover possible structural flaws or problems in the building once it is in use (Latent Defect Liability Insurance or Decennial Insurance)? (0-1) No party is required by law to obtain insurance . 0.0
    Professional certifications index (0-4) 4.0
    What are the qualification requirements for the professional responsible for verifying that the architectural plans or drawings are in compliance with existing building regulations? (0-2) Minimum number of years of experience; University degree in architecture or engineering; Being a registered architect or engineer. 2.0
    What are the qualification requirements for the professional who supervises the construction on the ground? (0-2) Minimum number of years of experience; University degree in engineering, construction or construction management; Being a registered architect or engineer. 2.0