The pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of last resort which aims to repair certain homes affected by significant pyritic damage where the homeowners have no other practicable option for redress. The scheme has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 and began accepting applications on 26 February 2014.
Pyrite Resolution Board
The Board is responsible for directing and overseeing the implementation of the pyrite remediation scheme and is being assisted in this regard by the Housing Agency.
An independent Pyrite Panel was established by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in September 2011 to investigate the problems caused by pyritic heave in certain dwellings in Ireland. The Report of the Pyrite Panel (pdf,12.06MB) was published in June 2012.
Pyrite Resolution Act
The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides for the establishment of the Pyrite Resolution Board and for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme for certain dwellings affected by pyrite. The Act came into effect on 10 January 2014.
Pyrite Resolution (Standard for Testing) Regulations 2017
The Pyrite Resolution (Standard for Testing) Regulations 2017 (S.I. 556 of 2017) provides that pursuant to section 14(9) (a) of the Pyrite Resolution Act 2013, the “standard for testing” for the purpose of the Act shall be Irish Standard 398-1:2017 - Reactive pyrite in sub-floor hardcore material — Part 1: Testing and categorisation protocol, as published by the National Standards Authority of Ireland on 4 August 2017.The operative date of these Regulations is 15 December 2017.
Local Property Tax (pyrite exemption)
The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended) provides for a temporary exemption of at least six consecutive years from the local property tax for certain residential properties where:
- a certificate of damage has been completed;
- a dwelling has been accepted into the pyrite remediation scheme;
- an insurance company has remediated a dwelling; and
- the builder / developer has remediated the dwelling.