Guidance for Councils on building preservation notices

Date published: 05 June 2017

This good practice guide aims to assist councils achieve a consistent approach when considering serving a Building Preservation Notice on an unlisted building. Its correct application will help councils to identify and satisfy legislative requirements with regard to Building Preservation Notices, where the building appears to be of architectural and historic importance and is in danger of demolition or of alteration in such a way as to affect its character.

This guide does not attempt to provide a detailed account of the legislation and policy that underpin Building Preservation Notices in Northern Ireland, and is not intended to be a source of definitive legal advice. This guide is not intended to replace the need for council judgement in their decision making. Reference should be made to the actual legislation referred to in this document and if any discrepancy or conflict exists between this guide and legislation, the provisions of the legislation will prevail.

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