Waterford found to be the most efficient place in Ireland for construction permits and getting electricity, states report which drew on Engineers Ireland evidence
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Waterford found to be the most efficient place in Ireland for construction permits and getting electricity, states report which drew on Engineers Ireland evidence.

Engineers Ireland has welcomed the publication by the World Bank of ‘Doing Business in the European Union 2020: Greece, Ireland and Italy’.

Business regulation and enforcement


The report measures the ease of doing business in 24 cities as part of the World Bank’s broader ‘Doing Business’ series, benchmarking 190 economies on business regulation and enforcement.

Overall, the World Bank ranked Ireland 24th as a place to do business, while Waterford was ranked as the most efficient city in Ireland for dealing with construction permits and getting electricity.

Regulations relevant to five stages in the life of a small to medium-size domestic firm in Ireland including starting a business; dealing with construction permits; getting electricity; registering property and enforcing contacts, were measured in five Irish cities over the course of the last year.

In each of these areas, the study highlights good practices that can be leveraged to empower local entrepreneurs and firms.

Engineers Ireland partnered with the World Bank for two of its five indicators, which were ‘Dealing with Construction Permits’ and ‘Getting Electricity’.

The professional membership body for 25,000 engineers identified expert members with direct experience of building, and of obtaining electricity for warehouses, to provide information on the operations, regulations and costs involved for each of the five Irish cities: Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

Building quality control index


The quality of service was very highly rated for construction permits and electricity in Ireland. On the building quality control index, the only EU countries ranked higher than the five Irish cities were Luxembourg, Bulgaria and Malta.

Meanwhile, on the reliability of electricity supply and transparency of tariffs index, Cork, Dublin and Limerick all received the maximum score, while Galway and Waterford received one point less.

In terms of the efficiency of each of the cities, dealing with construction permits and getting electricity takes the least time in Waterford, 158 days and 44 days respectively.

These procedures take considerably longer in Cork (200 days for dealing with construction permits) and Dublin (85 days for getting electricity).

Time taken to obtain fire safety certificate


The report notes that the time taken to obtain a fire safety certificate is particularly high in Dublin (90 days) due to the higher volume of applications.

Engineers Ireland director general Caroline Spillane said: “The World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ report offers important insight on the regulatory and engineering systems at national and local level.

“Engineers Ireland welcomes Ireland’s very positive performance in the building quality control index and electricity supply reliability index; these indices demonstrate the quality of engineering services in Ireland.

“However, the results also show the importance of implementing Project Ireland 2040 and investing in national and local services to improve Ireland’s competitive edge. We must ensure that the strong growth in Dublin is balanced with investment and growth in Ireland’s other city-regions, which have more capacity in many areas.

‘Adequately resourced’


“Also, it is critical that local authorities and other bodies are adequately resourced to deliver services and to develop new information systems.

“Engineers Ireland was delighted to collaborate with the World Bank on this important study and will continue to work with national and international policy-makers to deliver evidence-based solutions for Irish society.

“This partnership in 2019 with the World Bank, complemented our contributions also this year to the European Commission’s Country Report Ireland 2019 on infrastructure and to the International Energy Agency’s Ireland 2019 Review on energy policy.”

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Waterford found to be the most efficient place in Ireland for construction permits and getting electricity, states report which drew on Engineers Ireland evidence. Engineers Ireland has welcomed the publication by the World Bank of 'Doing Business in the European Union 2020: Greece, Ireland and Italy'. Business regulation and enforcement The report...