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The Disability Discrimination (Services and Premises) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Disability Discrimination (Services and Premises) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 and shall come into operation on 1st October 1999.

(2) In these Regulations—

“the Act” means the Disability Discrimination Act 1995;

“building” means an erection or structure of any kind.

(3) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(1) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Physical features

2.  For the purposes of section 21(2) of the Act the following are to be treated as physical features (whether permanent or temporary)—

(a)any feature arising from the design or construction of a building on the premises occupied by the provider of services;

(b)any feature on the premises occupied by the provider of services or any approach to, exit from or access to such a building;

(c)any fixtures, fittings, furnishings, furniture, equipment or materials in or on the premises occupied by the provider of services;

(d)any fixtures, fittings, furnishings, furniture, equipment or materials brought on to premises other than those occupied by the provider of services by or on behalf of the provider of services, in the course of providing services to the public or to a section of the public, for the purpose of providing such services;

(e)any other physical element or quality of any land comprised in the premises occupied by the provider of services.

Auxiliary Aids and Services

3.—(1) For the purposes of section 21(4) of the Act the following are not to be treated as auxiliary aids or services—

  • devices, structures or equipment the installation, operation or maintenance of which would necessitate making a permanent alteration to or which would have a permanent effect on the physical fabric of premises, fixtures, fittings, furnishings, furniture, equipment or materials.

(2) This Regulation will cease to have effect on the coming into operation of section 21(2)(a), (b) and (c) of the Act.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health and Social Services on

L.S.

Bill Smith

Assistant Secretary

27th April 1999.

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