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Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Section 133: Power to require information about activities on land and Section 134: Penalties for non-compliance with planning contravention notice

Section 133 provides for the issue of a planning contravention notice, giving a council power to obtain information prior to taking enforcement action, to encourage dialogue with any persons thought to be in breach of planning control and to secure their co-operation in taking corrective action. Failure to comply with a notice issued under section 133 within 21 days of its service is an offence. The fine for this offence has been raised to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale (currently £5000). In addition any person who makes a false or misleading statement in respect of a notice is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale (currently £ 5,000).

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