Building (Prescribed Fees) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022 

These fees apply to applications made after 1st April 2022.

All works that come within the remit of Building Regulations attract a fee. The scale of fees is prepared by the Department of Finance. The fees are not subject to annual increase, but are revised periodically by the Department. The amount of fees payable to Building Control will be dependent on the nature of work undertaken. The fee tables available contained within this leaflet categorise the range of fees that correlate directly to the type / extent of work undertaken. The amount of plan fee to be paid depends on the proposal.

There is a fixed rate for certain domestic extensions, detached domestic buildings such as garages, roofspace conversions and houses up to 250m2 in area.All of these have a fixed fee for assessment of plans. In small extensions under 20m2, the plan fee also covers any and all inspections subsequently carried out on site.

Where works do not encompass small buildings, extensions or conversions the fee can be calculated on an “estimated cost of works” basis. The estimated cost should be based on a contractors cost to carry out such work. If part of the works are to be used solely for a person with a disability, those works are separated from the fee calculation and a fee applied to the remainder of the proposed works only. Full exemptions apply when the works are exclusively for a person with a disability or where the works are described as exempt.

Below are the links to the primary legislation and the subsequent amendments.

Building (Prescribed Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

Building (Prescribed Fees) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013

Building (Prescribed Fees) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022