Responsibility for clean neighbourhoods, the Clean Neighbourhoods & Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 and guidance for district councils.

Responsibility for clean neighbourhoods

DAERA is responsible for policy and legislation for issues such as litter and dog fouling, while the Department for Communities is responsible for policy in respect of graffiti, fly-posting and offences in respect of aerosol sales.

Your district council is responsible for implementing this legislation and you should contact them regarding operational matters. 

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

The main piece of legislation covering this policy area is the Clean Neighbourhoods & Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011, which gives district councils additional powers to deal with local environmental quality issues. The Explanatory Notes are a useful guide to the Act.

The Act makes significant amendments to the Litter (NI) Order 1994.


A wide range of non-statutory guidance documents have been produced to help district councils implement the relevant legislation.

These are also a useful guide on how the legislation might affect you.



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