Consultation on Building (Prescribed Fees) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022

Consultation opened on 25 October 2021. Closing date 19 December 2021.


The Department of Finance carried out a public consultation from 25 October 2021 to 19 December 2021 on proposed amendments to Schedules 1 and 2 of the Building (Prescribed Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997. General comments on the Regulations were also invited, to inform a wider review.

The consultation received a total of 16 responses. The original consultation documents, the final Regulatory Impact Assessment and a summary of the consultation responses and the Department’s post consultation actions can be accessed below:


Consultation description

Article 13 of the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 (as amended) allows district councils to charge fees for the performance of prescribed functions in relation to building regulations.

The Department of Finance, through the Building (Prescribed Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 (as amended) (the Fees Regulations), sets the fees that can be charged by district councils for plans applications, inspections, regularisation and type approval functions in relation to applications for building regulations approvals for the construction, renovation or alteration of buildings.

The Fees Regulations have not been amended since 2013 and although fees Schedule 3 (predominantly non-domestic applications) are based on the cost of works and have increased as construction costs have increased, the fees set out in Schedule 1 and 2 have not altered since that time.

Therefore, the Department is consulting on proposals to uplift the fees set by Schedule 1 and 2 of the Fees Regulations as an interim measure alongside a wholesale review of the Fees Regulations.

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