Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963



Prosecution of offences by planning authority.

80.—(1) An offence under this Act may be prosecuted by the planning authority in whose area the offence is committed.

(2) A planning authority shall not prosecute in a case in which an offence under section 53 of this Act is alleged to have been committed in relation to an advertisement unless the advertisement is exempted development and they have decided that the advertisement would injure the amenities of their area and, in the case of an advertisement advertising a public meeting, unless the advertisement has been in position for seven days or longer after the date of the meeting.

(3) Where—

(a) an offence under section 46 or section 52 of this Act, or

(b) an offence under section 53 of this Act consisting of defacing any structure, door, gate, window, tree or post,

is alleged to have been committed, any officer of the planning authority, duly authorised by them in writing and producing, if so required, his authority, may demand the name and address of any person whom he reasonably believes to be guilty of the offence.

(4) Any person whose name and address has been demanded under the foregoing subsection and who fails to comply with the demand shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five pounds.