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Planning & Building Control
On 01 April 2015, the Department of the Environment transferred planning powers to the 11 new councils. Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s planning powers include:
- Developing a local plan which will set out what the council area should look like and how land should be used and developed;
- Making decisions on the majority of planning applications; and
- Investigating alleged breaches of planning control and determining what enforcement action should be taken.
One of the biggest benefits from these reforms is putting the decision making in the hands of those with local knowledge. Local councillors know the local environment, local needs and views of local people and so are best placed to make the decisions on how our area should grow and develop. They will also be able to ensure that the needs of local businesses are taken into account which can help create jobs and growth in the local economy.
Our public offices are located at 16 High Street (to the rear of the Public Services Centre – members of the public who wish to speak with Planning Officers in person are asked to report to the reception area of the Public Services Centre where they will be directed to the appropriate meeting area), Omagh Co Tyrone, BT78 1BQ and County Buildings, 15 East Bridge Street, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 7BW, and they are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.
Tel: 0300 303 1777
Councils in Northern Ireland have a statutory duty to enforce the Building Regulations and they do this through their Building Control Department. The Building Regulations are designed to ensure certain standards of health and safety apply to all buildings, with particular focus on achieving adequate standards of fire safety. The regulations also protect the environment by requiring buildings to be thermally efficient, reducing energy consumption and therefore the emission of pollutants which damage the atmosphere. Regulations are also in place to deal with accessibility and are effective in improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Building Regulations and Building Control, therefore, have an important role to play in helping protect people and the environment.
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Building Control Department provide the following services:
- Energy Performance in buildings
- Postal naming and numbering
- Property Certificates
- Building Regulations
- Dangerous Structures
- Entertainment Licensing
Through these services the Building Control Department works closely with architects, agents, those involved in construction, members of the legal profession as well as members of the public.
Building Control Northern Ireland is a voluntary umbrella grouping of the Building Control Departments of the 11 local Councils. Building Control Northern Ireland’s website www.buildingcontrol-ni.com provides information on all aspects of building control such as Building Regulations, details of Council Building Control departments, how to make an application and calculating Building Control fees. It also supplies information on training events, courses and programmes as well as providing links to other websites operated by associated public sector bodies and professional institutions.
The Building Control Department, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
Tel: 0300 303 1777