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Local government reform

From 1 April 2015, as part of local government reform, we will take in around 53,000 additional residents and 21,000 households as the number of councils in Northern Ireland is reduced from 26 to 11.

This process was previously known as the Review of Public Administration, and is designed to make local government stronger and more citizen-focused.

We’ve produced a short video outlining what local government reform means for Belfast.

The Department of the Environment is leading the reform process.  Watch their video to find out more about what this means for local government.

Our new council will, once in place, include parts of the existing Lisburn and Castlereagh councils, plus a small area of North Down. 

These pictures show our current boundary, and the areas (in pink) which will become part of the new Belfast council.

Map showing our current boundary and the areas that will become part of the new Belfast council


Map showing the extension of the Belfast council area to the westMap showing the extension of the Belfast council area to the eastMap showing a further extension of the Belfast council area to the east Map showing the extension of the Belfast council area to the north east 

Based upon the Land and Property Services map with the permission of the Director and Chief Executive
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You can view detailed maps of the Belfast district and wards on the DOE website.

We are committed to making the most of the opportunities reform offers and meeting the challenges ahead of us.

In this section, you can find out more about what the changes will mean for you, for Belfast and for us as a council.

And, until the changes take effect, we will continue to deliver the everyday services which our residents rely upon.

More information

To find out more about how we're preparing for local government reform, contact the Local Government Reform team on 028 9032 0202 extension 4710 or email

You can read more about the reform programme on the Department of the Environment (DOE) website

The department also produces a monthly news sheet, Reform Inform, with details of the programme as they are confirmed. You can download previous editions of the bulletin from the DOE website.

You can keep up to date with our preparations by signing up to receive our Belfast 2015 email updates.

Read our November 2014 Welcome edition of City Matters with information on our city and council as well as areas and facilities that will be new to Belfast from April 2015.