Planning Guidance

Planning Guidance is provided by the Department for Infrastructure (Northern Ireland) mainly in the form of published Practice Notes in relation to procedures and practice associated with a wide variety of planning matters.

Practice Notes

Practice Notes relate to the planning legislative framework that came into being on 1st April 2015, which introduced a two-tier planning system whereby each district council is a local planning authority and the Department for Infrastructure is the regional planning authority in Northern Ireland. They are planning practice guidance documents designed to guide planning officers and others engaged in the planning system through the preparation of a Local Development Plan, the legislation and procedures associated with development management and planning enforcement. The guidance is advisory and includes advice and recommendations on operational procedures and good practice where appropriate.

Links to the suite of published practice notes on development plan, development management and enforcement are as follows:

The Department will add to its suite of published practice notes as and when required.

Practice Notes published between 1st April 2015 and 15th May 2016 were done so by the then Department of the Environment. However, it was dissolved on 16th May 2016 and on the same date the Department for Infrastructure was established. References in those practice notes to the Department of the Environment should be read as the Department for Infrastructure. Furthermore, the departmental contact details recorded in those practice notes have been superseded by those of the Department for Infrastructure.  Therefore, if you have a query relating to planning guidance, please contact us.

Overview of Planning Enforcement Responsibilities

The ‘Overview of Planning Enforcement Responsibilities’ advice document was published by the Department for Infrastructure on 31st October 2016. It provides an overview of planning enforcement responsibilities in Northern Ireland and seeks to inform those engaged in the planning system that a council has the primary responsibility for planning enforcement in its given administrative area.

 

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