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The Planning (Issue of Certificate) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2006

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1.—(1) These Rules may be cited as the Planning (Issue of Certificate) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2006 and shall come into operation on 17th July 2006.

(2) In these Rules—

“certificate” refers to a certification made by the Secretary of State under Article 123B(1) of the 1991 Order;

“electronic communication” has the meaning given by section 4 of the Electronic Communications Act (Northern Ireland) 2001(1);

the Department” means the Department of the Environment;

“the 1991 Order” means the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991.

(3) In these Rules and in relation to the use of electronic communications—

(a)the expression “address” includes any number or address used for the purposes of such communication; and

(b)references to notices, representations or other documents, or to copies of such documents, includes reference to such documents or copies of them in electronic form.

(4) A requirement in these Rules that any document be provided in writing is fulfilled in a case in which that document is transmitted electronically if it is—

(a)capable of being accessed by the recipient;

(b)legible in all material respects; and

(c)sufficiently permanent to be used for subsequent reference.

(5) In paragraph (4), “legible in all material respects” means that the information contained in the document is available to the recipient to no lesser extent than it would be if sent or given by means of a document in printed form.

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