Building Regulations Legislation
- the construction of any building and to certain services and fittings in conjunction with any building;
- the structural alteration or extension of any building; and
- any building undergoing a material change of use.
These Regulations came into operation on 31st October 2012, but do not apply in relation to work which has been completed, or for which plans have been deposited with a district council, before that date.(to view full version of Explanatory note please access the link below for the Building Regulations 2012)
Primary legislation is the legislation that grants powers to the Department and imposes duties and responsibilities on the Department and other bodies. The primary legislation for building regulations within Northern Ireland is the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 (as amended 1990 and 2009).
Subordinate (or “secondary”) legislation is the name given to regulations or orders written under powers granted by primary legislation. Within Northern Ireland, these take the form of Statutory Rules. There are two main Statutory Rules for building regulations in Northern Ireland:
- The Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (as amended) : These regulations revoke and replace, with amendments, the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 and all subsequent amending Regulations ("the 2000 Regulations"). They impose certain functional or performance requirements in relation to the construction, alteration or extension of a building, certain services and fittings, and any building undergoing a material chnage of use.
- The Building (Prescribed Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997: These regulations allow district councils to charge fees for certain functions related to building control, and set the levels of fees that may be charged.The 1997 Regulations have been amended by The Building (Prescribed Fees) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013.