Welcome to Department of the Environment

The Department of the Environment website

The functions and services delivered by the Department of the Environment (DOE) have been transferred to new departments. The links below will guide you to information on the new websites: Department for Communities (DfC), Department for Infrastructure (DfI) and Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

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 relate to environment or carrier bag levy have move to daera-ni.gov.uk, all other DOE statistics and research content are available at infrastructure-ni.gov.uk


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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