This good practice guide aims to assist district councils achieve a consistent approach when considering serving an Urgent Works Notice on a listed building (or building in a Conservation Area(CA) where the Department of Infrastructure (DfI) has issued a direction). Its correct application will help district councils to identify and satisfy legislative requirements with regard to Urgent Works Notices, where works are urgently necessary for the preservation of a listed building (or building within a CA).
This guide does not attempt to provide a detailed account of the legislation and policy that underpin Urgent Works 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 judgment 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.