The booking system for the Household Recycling Centres is now open. For more details visit New Online HRC Booking System | Ards and North Down Borough Council
We have the power to investigate and remove abandoned vehicles
The Freedom of Information Act gives you the right to access recorded information held by public sector organisations
Contact details for Building Control service
About the Council
Find out more about the Environmental Health, Protection and Development Service
Protecting the public from Environmental Health Risks
If you need a larger bin, contact the council
Information about buying additional certificates for life events
Find out more about the Affordable Warmth Scheme
Ards and North Down’s Age Friendly Strategy provides a framework to make our Borough a great place to live and grow older.
Advice and information on owning or encountering aggressive dogs
Clean air is essential for health and helps to make the Borough a pleasant place to live
A new Arts Directory for Ards and North Down
There are 31 members of the PEACEPLUS Partnership
Closing date 12noon, 6 October 2023
Proposals to develop a network of greenways in Ards and North Down.
The animal welfare service can give help or advice about caring for animals
Information on Council's prior year performance.
Information on how to make an application
We are a member of arc21, the umbrella waste management group
Working to make our community a safer place to live
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of a grant application process the Council has a grants appeals process in place.
Encouraging horticultural excellence, community participation and environmentally sustainable practices
Find out more about Leisure in Ards and North Down
Applications currently open
Ards Arts Centre has exhibitions, performances and artists' talks during the year
Information on Ards Market
Supplementary Planning Guidance
Information on arts and heritage in Ards and North Down
Individual Artist and Multi-Annual Arts Grant Now Open for Applications
If you feel you are unable to leave your bin to the kerbside for collection, you can apply for an 'assisted lift'
Local Government Auditor's report on how the Council discharges its duties in relation to improvement.
Community planning will help public agencies work together in Ards and North Down
Information on Bangor Market
An exciting and ambitious regeneration journey
Keeping Bangor residents updated on the project, key stages and timelines of the Bangor Waterfront Redevelopment
Advice and information about barking dogs
Latest results for the North Down bathing waters
City Deals are bespoke packages of funding and decision-making powers negotiated between central government and local authorities.
Join the Big Conversation Panel, we want to hear from you!
Consultation period now closed
A directory of support services for people of all ages.
We have created six short animations
The Big Plan for Ards and North Down creating positive outcomes for everyone 2017 – 2032
Ards and North Down Borough Council has joined forces with Bin-Ovation, a new App with information about household bin collections and local council recycling centres in Northern Ireland
Information about waste, recycling, bin collection dates, household recycling centres and how to order a new bin in Ards and North Down
Learn how biodiversity contributes to our economy, health and well-being, and the stability of our natural systems.
Information about registering a birth
The Registrar registers births, deaths and marriages, and performs marriages and civil partnerships in Ards and North Down.
By appointment only.
Ards and North Down Borough Council is seeking to appoint External Contributors to serve on the Blair Mayne Bursary Sub-Committee (deadline 1 September 2023)
Bursary currently closed to new applications.
Latest edition of the Borough Magazine.
Innovation and Digital, Tourism and Regeneration, Infrastructure, Employability and Skills
Information about Brexit and Northern Ireland
Bring Banks available in Ards and North Down (Glass and Textiles)
Administration of Citizenship Ceremonies in Northern Ireland
Helping you to build a better future
Information about making funeral arrangements
Guidance on Candidate spending and donations and details of Electoral Commission Advice surgeries.
Please consider how you can help!
Rights of Caravan Users
Information on council run car parks
Up to date information on changes to the law, updated 05.11.19
Information about charged car parks in Ards and North Down
We aim to provide most information to the public at no cost and will only charge in certain cases
Learn more about the Chatty Bench initiative in Ards and North Down
Check bin collection dates where you live
Consultation period now closed.
Information about registering a civil partnership
Code of Conduct for Local Government Employees
The Big Conversation and our statistical baseline.
Meeting dates, downloadable agenda, minutes and audio recordings of Council and Committee Meetings.
Agendas, minutes and audio recordings of Council meetings
Agendas, minutes and audio recordings of Council Meetings
Agendas, Minutes and Audio Recordings of Council Meetings
Agendas, audio recordings and minutes of Council meetings
Agenda, minutes and audio recordings of Council meetings
Memberships of the Council Committee
Consultation now closed
Supporting and investing in our local communities
Information about community centres in Ards and North Down
Advice and support for community development groups, including the community information register
Community Development Clubs will begin again on Monday 19 September 2022. Registration in week commencing Monday 12 September.
Published Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) - agreed July 2020
Community planning involves different agencies in Ards and North Down working together
Information for Community Summer Schemes 2023
Help us promote local community and voluntary support services: register now!
If you want to complain to the council, follow the council's complaints procedure.
July 2017 - September 2017
April 2023 – June 2023
April 2016-June 2016
April 2017-June 2017
April 2018- June 2018
April - June 2019
April - June 2020
April - September 2022
April to June 2021
January - March 2019
January 2018 - March 2018
Completed screening forms Jan-Mar 2020
January 2016-March 2016
January 2017-March 2017
January – March 2023
January to March 2021
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July 2017-December 2017
July 2015-September 2015
July 2018 - September 2018
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October 2015-December 2015
October 2016-December 2016
October 2018 - December 2018
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October 2014-June 2015
October – December 2022
October to December 2020
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October to December 2021
Pre-Qualification Questionnaire: closing date 12noon Monday 2 October 2023.
PEACEPLUS Consultation Process Update: March 2023
How the Council helps to protect consumers against unsafe goods
How to contact our planning office
Information on how to contact the Mayor's office
Updated information following new legislation which came into effect on 7 December 2020
Find out more about Ards and North Down Borough Council
Attendance statistics for Full Council and all Standing Committee meetings
Ards and North Down Borough Council Constitution
Council services are run by the Council's directorates
Information about job opportunities and working for the Council
Applying to use a council space for an event
Agenda, minutes and recordings of Council meetings
Projects delivered in response to the pandemic
Open tenders in Ards and North Down
Advice and information on dangerous dogs
Building owners are responsible for maintaining their buildings in a safe condition
Information about registering a death
All members of the Council are required by law to register their financial and other interests
Local development applications, where the recommendation by Planning Service was accepted by Planning Committee members, determined by the Head of Planning
Amended. Revised Scheme of Delegation published 01 July 2020.
The Deputy Mayor's role is to deputise for the Mayor
The Digital Strategy for developing the Digital Sector, Infrastructure and Skills in Ards and North Down
The council has produced a Disability Action Plan which explains how we can fulfil the disability duties.
Includes information about the introduction of the Paint Re-Use Scheme
Advice and information on dog attacks
Advice and information about dogs
It is illegal to allow your dog, or any dog under your control, to foul the footpath or any land open to the public
You need a licence if you own a dog
Consultation period is now closed
Consultation period is now closed.
Advice for businesses in Ards and North Down
Information on the Local Council Election 2023 and results of the Local Council Election 2019
Preparing for an emergency
Information about improving the energy performance of buildings
Read updates about The Big Plan in Ards and North Down in our newsletter, Engage.
Find out more about the Environmental Health service
Environmental Health officers protect the public from environmental health risks
Ards and North Down BC is accredited with an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.
Learn more about our commitment to equality
Proposed Revisions to the Council's Policy on the Flying of the Union Flag
Naming of the New Leisure Complex in Ards
Estate Management of Council Land and Property Assets
An online resource to assist with planning and managing events within the Borough.
The Freedom of Information Act contains a number of exemptions that allows us to withhold information from a requester
Hot weather Advice
A simple way to make a difference
You need to pay a fee if the work requires Building Control inspection
Information about accounts and payments
Financial statements for Ards Borough Council and North Down Borough Council until 31 March 2022
Find out who represents you and how to contact them
Council's main BRCD project is the redevelopment of Bangor Waterfront.
What to do in the event of flooding
Guidance on food allergens for businesses
Environmental Health Officers ensure food premises comply with food safety legislation including food business registration
The Environmental Health Service can investigate your complaint
The plan to position Ards and North Down as a premier food tourism destination on the island of Ireland with the aim of attracting more visitors to the area
What businesses need to do to produce safe food for consumers
Providing consumers with information about hygiene standards in food business establishments
What the scheme requires from food businesses
Causes, risks and what to do if you suspect food poisoning
Environmental Health Officer Role in Food Control
We recycle all food waste to produce compost
Information about free car parks in Ards and North Down
Some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about the Planning Process
Help with recent changes to recycling
Some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about Building Control
Learn more about opportunities to volunteer in your local green space.
Core hours can differ in various departments
Good Relations promotes respect, tolerance and equality between persons of different religious beliefs, political and religious groups
Information on Council grants.
The benefits of growing your own food and the Let's Grow Together Strategy
Planning guidance for types of development, or land/building usage, which may require Planning Permission
Includes information about purchase of a harbour berthing licence
Information about harbours in Ards and North Down
Opening 9am on Friday 29 September 2023: applications will close at 4pm on Friday 13 October 2023.
Advice and information that can help control health and safety risks in the workplace
Health, safety and welfare are basic requirements at work
The Here2Help App provides quick access to advice and support services for anyone in crisis or needing help
Advice and information about high hedges
Information about household bin collections in Ards and North Down on Bank/Public Holidays
Get advice on Home Safety
Information for Owner occupiers and Private Tenants.
Our Environmental Health Officers inspect and assess the fitness of houses for human habitation in the rented housing sector
Statutory Nuisance information including smells, smoke, pollution, damp and pests
A short video about using our Household Recycling Centres
Performance monitor on the current Performance Improvement Plan
Find out how we make planning decisions
Includes information about Van Permit for HRCs
Only residents living within the Ards and North Down Borough Council area are eligible to use our Household Recycling Centres (HRCs).
Delivery plans will be developed to address the issues identified in the Big Plan.
Information about the Council's obligations on Performance and its Performance Improvement Plans.
Information about the Local Government Elections taking place on Thursday 18 May 2023
Advice and information on council tenders
Building regulations require the builder to give the Council prior written notice of various stages of work
How arts and heritage will help achieve Ards and North Down’s cultural, social and economic ambitions
Defining how arts and heritage will help achieve Ards and North Down’s cultural, social and economic ambitions
Presenting a vision for the pursuit of prosperity in the Borough of Ards and North Down
The Integrated Strategy for Tourism, Regeneration and Economic Development for Ards and North Down
Learn more about the Belfast Region City Deal
An Employers Duty of care
Learn more about Parks and Open Spaces in Ards and North Down
Supporting the regeneration of our city, towns and villages
Invoice payment information
Information on leisure centres, activities and sports development
Find out more about leisure and sports facilities in Ards and North Down
Information on the Council's successful bid to the Levelling Up Fund
Find out what we're doing about litter
Up to date results from the 2019 Local Council Elections
Details of the Preferred Options Paper Consultation open from the 17th May to 9 August 2019 available here.
--- Please note the LDP Timetable and the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) were agreed on 17 July 2020.
The agreed updated Timetable and SCI shall be advertised in the local press wb 30th August and wb 7th September 2020.
Information on the Dog Control Orders dog walkers must comply with when visiting Londonderry Park
Celebrating Love Parks Week in Ards and North Down - July 28 to August 6 2023
Find out how to make a complaint
If you are not happy with the way your request for information has been handled, you have the right to complain
How to make a request for information
For Council Harbours at Groomsport, Donaghadee, Ballywalter, Ballyhalbert and Cook St. Portaferry
Markets are part of the character of our towns and help to make them special places to visit
You can choose to have a civil or a religious wedding
As first citizen of the Borough the Mayor acts as the principal ambassador of the Council
The Mayor chooses charities during her term in office
The Mayor's office provides specialist administrative, project and event management support and advice to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor
Understanding the legislation, your responsibilities and how we can help you
All dogs must be fitted with a microchip before they can be licensed
Supports organisations to improve the health of employees and local businesses
Access the minutes library to view the archive of committee minutes
This section provides information on money matters, tackling poverty and legal matters as well as contact details for useful organisations.
Reporting on the impact of community planning and implementation of the Big Plan
The law in Northern Ireland permits anyone who wishes to change their name
Ards and North Down Borough Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers
Neighbourhood Renewal promotes urban regeneration in areas of multiple deprivation
From Monday 4th September 2023, Council will introduce a new online booking system for access to its nine Household Recycling Centres.
News from across the Ards and North Down Borough
The next monthly planning committee meeting will take place on Tuesday 3rd October at 7pm.
The Schedule will be published BELOW on Wed 20th September and the deadline for requesting Speaking Rights will close at 5pm on Tuesday 26th September.
Land and Property Service (LPS) is undertaking a revaluation of 74,000 business properties.
Ards and North Down Council supports the No Hate Here initiative
If you are suffering from noise nuisance, contact the council's noise team
How to report a Noise Complaint
Information on Nominations
Free exhibitions and events exploring North Down's past and present for visitors of all ages
Providing support for veterans
Notice of Audit of Accounts 2023
Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2022
Elections are to be held for Councillors to serve on Ards and North Down Borough Council.
Information on becoming an observer at the forthcoming elections.
Voting on line.
Missing bin or ordering a kitchen caddy
Promoting equality and good relations
Information about Ards and North Down Borough Council's parking responsibilities
We are responsible for planning in Ards and North Down
Business rates are charged on most non-domestic properties
Find out more about available grants
Find out about award-winning parks and open green space facilities across the Borough
Members’ allowance scheme
Codes and protocols
Summary, explanation and Articles of the Constitution
Officers management structure
Rules of procedure
Responsibility for functions
Guidance to assist with the administrative procedures associated with Pavement Cafe Licensing
How to pay car parking fines
Closing Date for applications is 4pm Friday 18 August 2023
List of community representatives and elected members on PCSP in Ards and North Down
A project supported by the European Union's Peace IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programme Body
The PEACEPLUS Partnership will oversee the design and implementation of a PEACEPLUS Action Plan for our area.
New PEACEPLUS Programme 2022-2027 for the Ards and North Down Council area
Information about the Council's Performance.
Checklists on how to use Personal Water Craft (Jetskis) safely and responsibly
Advice and information about pests
Information and advice about pets, pests and pollution
Our pitches and playing fields offer facilities for a wide range of sports
Planning applications in Ards and North Down advertised and re-advertised this week, and all applications yet to be determined (updated each month).
How we deal with unauthorised development and land use
How we shape the borough through planning.
Information about how to apply for planning permission, where to contact a Registered Architect or how to access free planning advice
Information on play parks throughout the Borough
Play parks, sports pitches and playing fields in the Borough
Links to Council policies
The Policing and Community Safety Partnership works to make our community safer in Ards and North Down
Download a copy of the Polling Station Scheme
Advice and information on pollution control
A significant £2M environmental improvement scheme in Portaferry
Providing community and economic benefit for Portaferry
Positive Ageing Month takes place in October: information and events details.
Our Corporate Communications team can help with press queries
Privacy Notice - Planning Service
Advice for businesses
Work with our Neighbourhood Environment Team to improve and protect our local environment
Information about Local Government Property Certificates and how to apply
Closing date:12 noon Monday 9 October 2023
Information about council publications and performance measures.
Our Publication Scheme sets out the information we routinely make available to members of the public
Procedures for public speaking at Planning Committee meetings
Details of locations across Ards and North Down
Contact details for parking ticket queries
To provide quality assured independent information on radiation matters at a local level
Business rates are charged on most non-domestic properties such as shops, offices and pubs
2023-24 Rates Information
Information about our Household Recycling Centres
We offer a range of commercial waste and recycling contracts
Supporting urban and rural regeneration in our Borough
Information about registering a stillbirth
Councillors are required to declare any gifts or hospitality they receive
Details of payments made to and on behalf of Councillors
Information about replacement of damaged and faulty wheeled bins
Report a problem with your bin collection
Report a dog fouling incident online
Residents' Survey 2018 - Executive Summary of results now available
Formalising the Council’s commitment to becoming more sustainable
Ards and North Down Rural Partnership has advice about funding and support schemes
Read our Safeguarding policy
Information on the Northern Ireland Planning Portal
Seasonal orders at Groomsport and Ballyholme
Car parking season ticket information
Information on Council Service areas and the 2023/24 Service Plans.
The focus of SIGNAL is to assist SMEs in Ards and North Down to achieve business excellence and growth
Spafield Sports Pavilion is part of Queens Leisure Complex
Get rid of a large unwanted item
Promoting sport and physical activity in Ards and North Down
STAND4TREES is an ambitious yet achievable tree planting and promotion initiative by Ards and North Down Borough Council.
Our Sustainability and Climate Change Commitments.
Guidance and information for candidates and agents.
Standing Orders for the regulation of the proceedings and business of the Council
Advice and information about stray and lost dogs
We're responsible for postal street naming and numbering
Information for suppliers if the council pays you for providing goods or services
Information about Ukraine assistance centres in Northern Ireland
Support our local towns
Examples of how we are working towards sustainability in Ards and North Down
April 2022 - Announcement of zero-emission commuter ferry service between Belfast and Bangor
Each year the council invites companies and businesses to submit tenders
Setting the vision for regeneration
Brand identity guidelines for towns within the borough
Assets to support Christmas marketing campaigns
Town centre marketing assets
Have your say shaping the future of your town
Learn more about the risks posed by dog faeces
Find your local councillor
A to Z services directory helps you find service contact details quickly
Information about tree maintenance including Frequently Asked Questions
A pass and vessel insurance are required to use ANDBC slipways
Funding available for external property improvement works (shops and businesses)
Village Action Plan Review Sessions for residents are ongoing in 2023: next event Cloughey 31 August 2023
Information on how to vote by post or proxy
Where can people go, and what can they do, to stay warm and find company this winter?
To protect and improve the quality of water
What happens to a Freedom of Information request
General advice to help you prepare for an emergency
Use the appropriate bin for household, food waste or dry recyclable materials
A unique biodiverse landscape rich in heritage
Work requiring an application to Building Control and examples of work that are exempt
Online opportunity to provide us with suggestions for improvement initiatives.