General advice: Approvals from other bodies
Key InformationRemember it is advisable to consult with the appropriate body as early as possible
As well as planning permission and Listed Building Consent there are other approvals and consents which may be needed such as the following:
- Building regulations
- Development affecting roads
- Water regulations
- Effluent disposal
- Archaeological Monuments, Listed Buildings & Designated Areas of Nature Conservation
- Protected species
- Other services
You will probably have to submit plans to your District Council to ensure that your proposals comply with the Building Regulations.
When you apply for planning permission your application will automatically be considered by the Roads Service an Agency within the Department for Regional Development . Even if you do not need planning permission but wish to make or alter an access to a road or do any work to a road or a footpath you will probably need the permission of the Roads Service.
The consent of the Northern Ireland Water , may be needed for your plumbing and drainage proposals. If you wish to build an extension or garage over an existing sewer or drain, you will need the consent of the Northern Ireland Water
You will need the consent of the Water Management Unit of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency if you propose to install a septic tank or to discharge effluent to a waterway or tidal waters.
It is an offence to alter or obstruct any watercourse including the piping of a watercourse without the approval of the Department of Agriculture
If your proposal would have an impact on any of these, you should contact the Northern Ireland Environment Agency to discuss your ideas.
Certain species are protected by law and it is illegal to interfere with their habitat without special permission. If you believe there may be protected species on the site you should contact the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
If your proposal will need the provision of gas, electricity or telephone services, you should notify the appropriate service as soon as possible.