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The Registered Homes (Northern Ireland) Order 1992

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6.—(1) Each Board shall, for the purposes of this Part, maintain a register of residential care homes in such form and containing such information as may be prescribed.

(2) The register maintained under paragraph (1) shall be available for inspection at all reasonable times and any person inspecting the register shall be entitled to make copies of entries in the register on payment of such reasonable fee as the Board may determine.

(3) An application for registration under this Part shall be made to the Board and shall be accompanied by a registration fee of such amount as may be prescribed.

(4) Subject to Articles 8, 11 and 12, on receipt of an application for registration and of the registration fee the Board shall register the applicant in respect of the home named in the application and issue to him a certificate of registration.

(5) A registration fee shall not be payable in the case of an application of a prescribed description and, in the case of an application for registration in respect of a small home, the Board may waive the whole or part of the registration fee; and in either such case the references in paragraphs (3) and (4) to the registration fee shall be construed as references to such registration fee (if any) as may be payable.

(6) The certificate of registration issued under paragraph (4) in respect of a home other than a small home shall be kept affixed in a conspicuous place in the home.

(7) If default is made in complying with paragraph (6), any person registered in respect of the home shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale and to a further fine not exceeding one-tenth of level 2 on the standard scale for each day on which the offence continues after conviction.

(8) The Department may by regulations—

(a)require persons registered in respect of residential care homes to pay an annual fee of such amount as the regulations may specify; and

(b)specify when the fee is to be paid.

(9) In the case of registration in respect of a small home, the Board may waive the whole or part of the annual fee, and in such a case the reference in Article 9(b) to the annual fee shall be construed as a reference to such annual fee (if any) as may be payable.

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