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Overview of Planning Enforcement Responsibilities

Issued by: Department for Infrastructure
Date: 31 October 2016
The ‘Overview of Planning Enforcement Responsibilities’ advice document 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 highlights the planning enforcement powers and responsibilities of a council and the reserve powers of the Department, strategic policy relevant to planning enforcement and the requirement to be in compliance with European Union legislation and associated regulations in relation to the planning enforcement process.
It also refers to the Planning Enforcement Strategy of individual councils, making a complaint about an alleged breach of planning control and the enforcement of planning permissions granted by the Department.

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