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PPS 9: The Enforcement of Planning Control

Issued by: Planning Service (DOE)
: Final
Published: March 2000
PPS 9: The Enforcement of Planning ControlThis Planning Policy Statement sets out the general policy approach that the Department will follow in taking enforcement action against unauthorised development in Northern Ireland.
It also provides advice on the Department's approach to the enforcement of additional aspects of planning control over listed buildings, conservation areas, hazardous substances, trees and advertisements. Nothing in the Statement should be taken as condoning any breach of planning law.

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Please note:  The Department has introduced new legislation for taking enforcement action against breaches of planning control. Enforcement action must be taken within a 5 year time period in respect of both changes of use and operational development.
The change is one of a series of measures included within the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 to strengthen and simplify enforcement powers. This legislation is necessary to standardise and simplify the range of options. The new provisions should result in a more efficient system of control, less confusion and greater clarity in dealing with breaches of planning control.
All documentation will be amended in due course to reflect this change.
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