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Current Consultations

Consultation on sharing of data on vulnerable people in the event of civil emergencies

Land & Property Services has launched this consultation on the use of the SpatialNI Vulnerability and Asset Mapping portal to make affected groups aware of the benefits of the system.

For more information and to access the consultation papers please visit the LPS section

The consultation will end on 30 May 2014.

Evaluation of the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme

The Department of Finance and Personnel have launched a public consultation on the Small Business Rate Relief scheme. This evaluation is being undertaken by the Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy (NICEP) at the University of Ulster and is seeking views from organisations and ratepayers on the following:

  • the effectiveness of the scheme,
  • should the scheme continue post April 2015
  • If so, how the scheme should be replaced post April 2015, and
  • how any further scheme could be funded.

For more information and to access the consulatation paper, please visit the Rating Review section.

The consultation will end on 1 July 2014.

Previous Consultations

Public Consultation on the Strategy 'Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse, Northern Ireland 2013-2020'

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Department of Justice have issued a consultation which seeks views on the proposed 2013-2012 Northern Ireland Strategy for dealing with domestic and sexual violence and abuse.

The consultation paper, which can be accessed via the link below, recognises that civil law remedies can provide invaluable protections and highlights the drive to secure an effective and efficient civil justice system.”

The consultation ended on 11 April 2014.

Draft Multi-Agency Guidelines on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The Department of Finance and Personnel has launched a consultation on the draft Multi-Agency Guidelines on Female Genital Mutilation.

For more information, please access the links below:

The consultation ended on 21 February 2014.

Consultation on draft Legal Complaints and Regulation Bill

The Department of Finance and Personnel has launched a consultation on a draft Legal Complaints and Regulation Bill.

For more information and to access the consulatation paper, please visit the Civil Law Reform section.

The consultation ended on 14 February 2014.

Non Domestic Rates Revaluation 2015 - Decapitalisation Rates: Converting Cost to Rateable Value

As part of the revaluation process properties are valued for rates by reference to an estimate of rental value (net annual value or NAV). Some specialist properties are rarely let however and therefore direct open market rental evidence is not available to assist with valuing them. Rental value has to be determined by reference to construction costs and converted to an assessed rental sum through the use of ‘decapitalisation rates’.

For more information and to access the consulatation paper, please visit the Rating Review section.

The consultation ended on 10 January 2014.

Welfare Reform: Rate Rebate Replacement Arrangements - Second Consultation Paper

Earlier in the year the Executive undertook a 12 week preliminary consultation exercise to inform how a new rate rebate scheme might be developed for April 2014 and to gather fresh evidence of the potential effects on households.

The Department of Finance and Personnel has now published (PDF format) a second consultation paper. For more information and to access the consulatation paper, please visit the Rating Review section.

For more information and to access the consulatation paper, please visit the Rating Review section.

The consultation formally closed on 11 October however, in order to allow stakeholders time to respond to additional information provided during the course of the consultation, the Department informally extended to 30 October 2013.

Review of Rates Liability for the Landlord Sector Consultation Paper

The Department of Finance and Personnel has agreed to the publication of a paper to begin a consultation on changes to rates liability in the landlord sector.

No decisions have been made yet but the scope of the changes being considered by the Department involves the following:-

  • That all rented property with a capital value of £150,000 or under will be subject to compulsory landlord liability;
  • The removal of the criteria for rent to be payable or collected at intervals shorter than quarterly;
  • The landlord allowance to be standardised at 10% across the all rental sectors; and
  • The award of the allowance will occur regardless of whether the property is occupied or vacant.

For more information and to access the consulatation paper, please visit the Rating Review section.

The consultation period closed on 28 June 2013.

Consultation on Proposed Amendment of Technical Booklet B

The Department of Finance and Personnel are seeking views on proposals to bring into operation a new guidance publication "Technical Booklet B 2013" in July 2013, which relates to The Building Regulations introduced on 31st October 2012.

For more information and to access the consulatation paper etc, please visit the Building Regulations section of the DFP website.

The consultation period closed on 7 June 2013 at 4.00pm

NI Executive: Welfare Reform: Rate Rebate Replacement Arrangements - Preliminary Consultation Paper

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed to the publication of a paper to begin a preliminary consultation on changes to rates support for low income households. These changes have to be made as a result of the UK wide programme of Welfare Reform.

The introduction of Universal Credit in April 2014 will mean that modifications will have to be made to existing rates support for low income households because many of the current mechanisms for deciding entitlement will start to disappear for working age claimants.

Comments on the future of rates support for low income households should be provided by email, fax or in writing to the following address:

Rating Policy Division
Department of Finance and Personnel
3rd Floor
Longbridge House
20-24 Waring Street
Belfast
BT1 2EB

Email: ratingpolicy.cfg@dfpni.gov.uk
Fax: 028 9034 7435

Hard copies can also be provided upon request by calling 028 9127 7606.

The consultation period closed on 10 April 2013.

Proposed changes to the The Building (Prescribed Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland)

The Department of Finance and Personnel is seeking views on the proposals to increase fee charges for Building Regulations approval, relating largely to domestic properties.

Please see attached link to the response form:

The consultation period closed on 23 November 2012.

Dormant Accounts - Proposed Appointment of the Ulster Community Investment Trust

The Department of Finance and Personnel is inviting responses to its public consultation on its proposals to restrict the distribution of Dormant Account Money from the Big Lottery Fund to the Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT).  UCIT will operate as the body through which the Dormant Account funding will be channelled to other bodies in the form of repayable loans.

Please see attached links to the consultation documents:

The consultation period closed on 2 November 2012.

Amendments to the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations (NI) 2008

The Department of Finance and Personnel is inviting responses to its public consultation on its proposals to amend the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 (as amended) to ensure compliance with the obligations of Articles 4(2), 11, 12, 13 and 27 of the recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2010/31/EU) of 19 May 2010 (EPBD2).

Please see attached links to the Consultation document and the response form:

The consultation period ends on 12 October 2012.

The Law on Damages

The Department of Finance and Personnel has published a Consultation Paper on various aspects of the law of Damages.

The consultation period ended on 18 July 2012.

Call for evidence on The Common European Sales Law

The Ministry of Justice, in conjunction with the Department of Finance and Personnel and the Scottish Government has issued a call for evidence about the impact, possible costs and benefits of the European Commission's proposed Regulation on a Common European Sales Law.

The proposed Regulation will apply in business-to-consumer and business-to-business contracts where one of the parties to the contract is a small or medium enterprise.

The aim of the call for evidence is to gather statistical data and views in order to inform the UK's position on the proposed Regulation.

The call for evidence and related information can be viewed at:

The consultation period ended on 21 May 2012.

Improving Payment Practices in the Construction Industry in Northern Ireland ~ a public consultation on proposals.

The Department of Finance and Personnel is inviting responses to its public consultation paper on its proposals to amend the Scheme for Construction Contracts in Northern Ireland Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 which is being launched on 9 February 2012.

Please see attached links to the Consultation document and the response form:

The report on the responses to Consultation on proposals to amend the Scheme of Construction Contracts in Northern Ireland Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 can be viewed below:

The consultation period ended on 2 May 2012.

Consultations archive

For all previous consultations please visit the links to the archives below: