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Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Section 215: Enforcement in relation to the Crown

This section provides that the Crown should remain immune from prosecution for any offence under the Act.  A council or the Department is able to initiate enforcement action by, for example, serving enforcement notices but is not able to enforce them by entering land or making applications to the court without the consent of the appropriate authority (appropriate authority is defined in section 212 of the Act).  In granting such consent the appropriate authority may impose such conditions as it considers relevant. This might mean, for example, that any site visit by the Department has to be accompanied, to take place at a pre-arranged time and/or to exclude certain parts of the site.

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