Information about Council Services and coronavirus (Covid-19) - please click here
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
Protecting the public from Environmental Health Risks
Find out more about the Environmental Health, Protection and Development Service
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.
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
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
Nominations will open on Friday 7 February
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
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
Access and Inclusion Fund 2020/2021
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
Advice and information about barking dogs
City Deals are bespoke packages of funding and decision-making powers negotiated between central government and local authorities
Survey one – open 14 September 2020 – 31 October 2020
We have created six short animations
The Big Plan for Ards and North Down creating positive outcomes for everyone 2017 – 2032
Available to buy from Council Offices
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 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.
Latest edition of the Borough Magazine.
Information about Brexit and Northern Ireland
Please read about the changes to Bring Bank provision from February/March 2021
Administration of Citizenship Ceremonies in Northern Ireland
The council is responsible for enforcing building regulations
Building Positive Relations
Ensuring that Building Regulations are enforced
Information about making funeral arrangements
Closing Date: 12noon on Monday 1 February 2021
Guidance on Candidate spending and donations.
Information about investment projects in Ards and North Down
Rights of Caravan Users
Information on council run car parks
No more dumping mixed waste at HRCs: all waste must be pre-sorted to remove recyclables
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
Check bin collection dates where you live
Children and Young People projects
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
Agenda, minutes and audio recordings of Council meetings
The council considers investment in the local community to be a critical part of its purpose and corporate vision
Information about community centres in Ards and North Down
Advice and support for community development groups, including the community information register
Community Development Clubs commenced on Monday 23 September 2019
Published Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) - agreed July 2020
Community planning involves different agencies in Ards and North Down working together
Community support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you want to complain to the council, follow the council's complaints procedure.
July 2017 - September 2017
April 2016-June 2016
April 2017-June 2017
April 2018- June 2018
April - June 2019
April - June 2020
January - March 2019
January 2018 - March 2018
Completed screening forms Jan-Mar 2020
January 2016-March 2016
January 2017-March 2017
July 2017-December 2017
July 2015-September 2015
July 2018 - September 2018
July to September 2020
October 2015-December 2015
October 2016-December 2016
October 2018 - December 2018
October 2019 to December 2019
October 2014-June 2015
Oct to Dec 2020
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How to contact our planning office
Information on how to contact the Mayor's office
How to complain about COVID-19 NI Executive Regulations not being adhered to
From 2nd June enforcement of Regulations 3 and 4 will be shared between the District Councils and PSNI.
Read the Corporate Plan 2015-2019
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
Applying to use a council space for an event
Agenda, minutes and recordings of Council meetings
Useful contacts for local delivery services
Information about council services during the COVID-19 pandemic UPDATED 22 December 2020
Closing deadline extended to 26 November 2020 at 4pm
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.
Liquid paint is banned from landfill and cannot be accepted by the council in this state - paint must be hardened before disposal
Advice and information on dog attacks and dangerous dogs
Anyone who operates a dog breeding establishment must have a licence from the Council.
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
The Council's draft Corporate Plan 2020-24 is open for consultation until 28 February 2020
Consultation period is now closed.
Advice for businesses in Ards and North Down
Information and results on the Local Council Elections 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.
Draft EQIA re: Operation Lion plaques at Bangor and Donaghadee Harbours - Consultation now closed
Learn more about our commitment to equality
Consultation on the Equality Action Plan 2020 - 2025 open from 1 December 2020 until 19 February 2021.
Naming of the New Leisure Complex in Ards
Operation Lion plaques at Bangor and Donaghadee Harbours - Consultation now closed
Estate Management of Council Land and Property Assets
The Freedom of Information Act contains a number of exemptions that allows us to withhold information from a requester
Closing date: 12 noon on Friday 12th February 2021.
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 2017
Find out who represents you and how to contact them
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
Core hours can differ in various departments
Good Relations promotes respect, tolerance and equality between persons of different religious beliefs, political and religious groups
Applications now closed
Information on Council grants.
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
Advice and information that can help control health and safety risks in the workplace
Health, safety and welfare are basic requirements at work
Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 17 February 2020 at 12noon
Advice and information about high hedges
Information about household holiday bin collections in Ards and North Down.
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
Please familiarise yourself with arrangements at HRCS during the current pandemic including opening times
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.
Advice and information on council tenders
Building regulations require the builder to give the Council prior written notice of various stages of work
Defining how arts and heritage will help achieve Ards and North Down’s cultural, social and economic ambitions
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
An Employers Duty of care
Learn more about Parks and Open Spaces in Ards and North Down
Invoice payment information
Apply for current vacancies in Ards and North Down Borough Council
How to join the Big Conversation in Ards and North Down
Information on leisure centres, activities and sports development
Find out more about leisure and sports facilities in Ards and North Down
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 about the Local Government Elections taking place on Thursday 2 May 2019.
Dog walkers visiting Londonderry Park must comply with control orders from 1 April 2016
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
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 has committed to supporting four charities during his term in office
The Mayor's office provides specialist administrative, project and event management support and advice to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor
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
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
A Special Planning Committee (virtual) is provisionally scheduled for Tuesday 26th January 2021. The schedule is published BELOW and the deadline for requests to speak was 5pm on 19th January. The next Monthly Planning Committee Meeting will take place on Tuesday 2nd February 2021. The deadline to request Speaking Rights for February's meeting is 5pm on Tuesday 26th January.
Marking the 72nd Birthday of the NHS in July 2020
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
List of Election Agents appointed for Candidates standing in Election 2019.
Notice of Audit of Accounts 2019
Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2019
Elections are to be held for Councillors to serve on Ards and North Down Borough Council.
Information about online Building control applications.
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
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
Information about the Council's Performance.
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.
How we shape the borough through planning.
How we deal with unauthorised development and land use
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
Update on the public consultation
Our Corporate Communications team can help with press queries
Privacy Notice - Planning Service
Advice for businesses
A unique art project on Bangor seafront. Located at Queen’s Parade, Bangor, Project 24 is open seven days a week.
Property certificates are administered by our Building Control service
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 - SEE LATEST GUIDANCE RE PLANNING COMMITTEES DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK
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
2020-21 Rates Information
Business rates are charged on most non-domestic properties such as shops, offices and pubs
Household Recycling Centres at Balloo, Ballygowan, Comber, Donaghadee, Holywood, Kircubbin, Millisle, Newtownards and Portaferry will be CLOSED on 24, 25, and 26 December 2020 and 1 January 2021.
We offer a range of commercial waste and recycling contracts
Urban and rural environments are changing, perhaps at a faster rate than ever before
Information about registering a stillbirth
Councillors are required to declare any gifts or hospitality they receive
Details of Registration and ID Clinics
Details of payments made to and on behalf of Councillors
Report a problem with your bin collection
Residents' Survey 2018 - Executive Summary of results now available
Land and Property Service (LPS) has completed a rates revaluation exercise for all non-domestic properties across Northern Ireland
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 2019/20 Service Plans.
The focus of SIGNAL is to assist SMEs in Ards and North Down to achieve business excellence and growth
The Council has agreed to trial changes to the collection rota for some households in summer 2021
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
Not currently accepting applications
Reducing our reliance on single-use plastics
Guidance and information for candidates and agents.
Notice of Candidates standing in Election 2019
Advice and information about stray dogs
We're responsible for postal street naming and numbering
Summer scheme information
Information for suppliers if the council pays you for providing goods or services
Support our local towns
Closing date 12noon Friday 22 January 2021
Closing date: 12noon 5th February 2021
Each year the council invites companies and businesses to submit tenders
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
Downloadable documents for Candidates and Agents
Funding available for external property improvement works (shops and businesses)
Marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War
Please read these guidelines
To protect and improve the quality of water
What happens to a Freedom of Information request
Use the appropriate bin for household, food waste or dry recyclable materials
Online opportunity to provide us with suggestions for improvement initiatives.
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