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Department of the Environment


County Antrim goods vehicle operators fined a total of £750 for operator licensing offences ... more
12 April 2016
Portadown waste management facility fined £5,000 for waste offences... more
12 April 2016
Crumlin haulier fined £4,500 and given suspended sentence for waste offences... more

Our responsibilities


Promoting a more sustainable approach to dealing with waste in Northern Ireland by drafting waste legislation and implementating waste management policy 

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Protecting the aquatic environment by regulating water quality and hydrological processes whilst considering the needs of industry, agriculture and the protection of public health.

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Activities undertaken to prevent, monitor and control pollution of the air, land and water

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Protecting and preserving Northern Ireland's wildlife and habitats from invasive alien species and other environmental threats.

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Historic environment

Recording, protecting, conserving and promoting our diverse built heritage so that it can be enjoyed by future generations. 

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Land and landscapes

Information on land quality and soil as well as details on the geology of Northern Ireland's distinctive and precious landscapes.

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Road users

Promoting and improving road safety via education, licensing and regulation of transportation.

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Protecting Northern Ireland's coastal and marine environment via legislation, licensing and permits and conservation activities

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Protect the environment

Actions taken to raise awareness and counteract threats to the environment on both a local and global scale

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Local government

Details of how Local Government Policy Division supports councils in delivering strong and effective local government along with information on funding and finances.

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DOE statistics and research

Statistics and research that help guide the Department on policy, planning and decision making

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Determination of regionally significant and “called-in” planning applications; regional planning policy’ planning legislation; oversight and guidance for councils and performance management.

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Our documents

Access to information

How to request information from the Department for the Environment including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

The Minister

Department of the Environment

Mark H Durkan was appointed Minister for the Environment in July 2013, replacing his SDLP colleague Alex Attwood. 


Management and structure

The Department is organised into three business groups: Environment and Marine Group, Planning and Road Safety Group, Local Government, Historic Environment & Corporate Services Group ... more

Contact us

Goodwood House,
44 - 58 May Street
Town Parks

Telephone: 028 9054 0540

Email: enquiries@doeni.gov.uk