Northern Ireland Enforcement Practice Notes 01 to 04 and Overview of Planning Enforcement Responsibilities

The Department for Infrastructure has issued four Enforcement Practice Notes.

The Enforcement Practice Notes issued are as follows:-
01: Introduction to Planning Enforcement
02: Legislative Framework
03: Investigative Approaches
04: Enforcement Procedures


The Enforcement Practice Notes are designed to guide planning officers and relevant users through planning enforcement processes and deals primarily with procedures as well as good practice.They form part of a series of new practice notes stemming from the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 and any related subordinate legislation. The emphasis is very much on advice, but where explicit legislative requirements must be followed these are made clear. They can be found here.

The Department for Infrastructure has also issued an advice document entitled the ‘Overview of Planning Enforcement Responsibilities’.
It provides an overview of planning enforcement responsibilities in Northern Ireland and seeks to inform users of the planning system that, following the transfer of most planning functions to district councils on 1 April 2015, a council has the primary responsibility for planning enforcement in its given administrative area. It can be found here.

Date: November 2016 Date of publication

Author: Department for Infrastructure


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