Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Angling policy including the role of Inland Fisheries, angling farms and stations and the conservation and protection of salmon and eels.… more
Information about diseases, disease control and prevention, welfare of farmed and non-farmed animals, trade, importing and exporting animals and authorisation of PVPs for these official activities.… more
Protecting and preserving Northern Ireland's wildlife and habitats from invasive alien species and other environmental threats.… more
Information on agri-environment schemes, water quality, renewable energy and employing people on your farm.… more
Information on areas of crop growing and horticulture including combinable crops, potatoes, fruits and vegetables, seeds and nursery stock.… more
Education and training courses for the land-based and food industries and development programmes.… more
DAERA has a role in development management and responds to development proposals where there is potential for impacts on the natural and marine environments and fisheries interests.… more
Information to help you and your business prepare for the end of Transition on 31 December 2020. Further information and updates will be posted as they become available.… more
Sea fisheries, inland fisheries, aquaculture and fish health policy in Northern Ireland.… more
Forestry education, forest industry, forestry and the environment, forest planning.Contact the NI Forest ServiceInformation on plant and tree healthUK Forestry Standard… more
There is a wide range of grant and subsidy schemes to support local farming, fisheries, rural businesses and communities.… more
Information on land quality and soil as well as details on the geology of Northern Ireland's distinctive and precious landscapes.… more
Information on key areas of livestock farming including dairy, beef, sheep, pigs, poultry and grass.… more
Information for Food Competent Certifying Officers regarding official certification of fish, fish products, composite products (containing egg and or fish) and egg products.… more
Protecting Northern Ireland's coastal and marine environment via legislation, licensing and permits and conservation activities… more
Pests and diseases, pesticides, plant passporting, imports and exports, surveys and compliance.… more
Activities undertaken to prevent, monitor and control pollution of the air, land and waterDAERA and NIEA are issuing specific Covid-19 Regulatory Position Statements in relation to our regulated activities, they can be accessed from the following link;https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/landing-pages/daeras-and-nieas-regulatory-response-covid-19… more
Actions taken to raise awareness and counteract threats to the environment on both a local and global scale… more
Management and implementation of the Rural Development Programme and the Rural White Paper Action Plan… more
This section contains advice, guidance, information and other resources for public authorities in relation to their duties under the Rural Needs Act (NI) 2016.… more
A range of statistics covering agriculture, environment, rural communities, food, animal health, fisheries and forestry in Northern Ireland.… more
Promoting a more sustainable approach to dealing with waste in Northern Ireland by drafting waste legislation and implementing waste management policy… more
Protecting the aquatic environment by regulating water quality and hydrological processes whilst considering the needs of industry, agriculture and the protection of public health.… more
Management and structure
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has responsibility for food, farming, environmental, fisheries, forestry and sustainability policy and the development of the rural sector in Northern Ireland. ... more
Dundonald HouseDepartment of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast BT4 3SB
Ballykelly HouseDepartment of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
111 Ballykelly Road
Klondyke BuildingDepartment of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Gasworks Business Park
You can telephone our offices between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. The opening times of our public offices are displayed on the DAERA Direct Regional offices page. Our offices are closed on most bank holidays and public holidays. Different opening hours apply to our public facilities such as forest and country parks, and information is available locally and on our website. Please note that it is not possible to see members of the public at DAERA Headquarters in Dundonald House/Ballykelly House/Klondyke Building without a pre-arranged appointment.
Officials will make every effort to meet with you at your nearest public office.
If you have a pre-arranged appointment, we aim to see you within 10 minutes of the agreed time. If we have to cancel an appointment, we will explain why, give you as much notice as possible and arrange a new time to suit you.
If you have not made an appointment with us, we aim to see you within 15 minutes of your arrival. If you are waiting longer, we will explain why and keep you informed. A queuing system may be introduced in our public offices at busy periods.
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