Last edited 09 Nov 2020

Northern Ireland building regulations


[edit] Introduction

Building regulations set minimum standards and requirements for buildings, make provisions for access to buildings and further the conservation of fuel and power.

Under primary legislation from the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 (amended in 1990 and 2009), the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland were empowered to write building regulations for certain matters (as defined in the Order). The current regulations are the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, which came into operation on 31st October 2012.

These set out legal requirements intended to ensure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of people in and around buildings. They are formulated by the Department of Finance and Personnel and administered by the district councils.

[edit] Role of district councils

The district councils are responsible for:

[edit] Technical booklets

The Department of Finance and Personnel produce technical guidance booklets in support of the regulations. It is not necessary to follow the methods detailed in the booklets but the district council must be satisfied that the building regulations requirements have been met.

[edit] Building regulations appeals

There are four types of appeals available against a particular decision from the district council:

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