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Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 Increased fines now in effect

Published on Wed, 25 May 2011 by
Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 Increased fines are now in effect
The Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 received Royal Assent on 4 May 2011 after completing its passage through the previous NI Assembly.
The bulk of the Act will not come into force until planning powers transfer to councils at a time to be decided by the new Assembly.  Section 249 of the Act does, however, increase penalties for two current offences under the Planning (Northern Ireland) 1991 Order (the 1991 Order).
These are:
  • Penalties under article 44 (6) of the 1991 Order for the unauthorised demolition, alteration or extension of listed buildings or failing to comply with any condition attached to a listed building consent; and
  • Penalties under article 66 (1) of the 1991 Order for offences relating to the contravention of tree preservation orders.
In each case the maximum fine on summary conviction is raised from £30,000 to £100,000. These increased penalties have immediate effect, but only in relation to offences committed on or after 4 May 2011.
The new Act, setting out details of the increased fines can be viewed on the Legislation website.

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