The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977, is the enabling Act under which the National Building Regulations are made.
The Act empowers the Minister to make regulations and sets out the principles and administrative requirements governing such regulations.
The Minister of Economic Affairs and Technology is responsible for the implementation of the Act and for ensuring that the regulations are correctly applied.
The Act stipulates that a local authority must submit any proposed new building bylaw to the Minister for approval before it is promulgated and that any new bylaw not so approved is void.
The Minister may, under defined circumstances, remove or amend any servitudes or restrictive conditions contained in title deeds.
The National Building Regulations do not purport, and were never intended, to be a handbook on good building practice.
They set out, in the simplest and shortest way possible, requirements to ensure that buildings will be designed and built in such a way that persons may live and work in a healthy and safe environment.