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.
The Department of the Environment has produced a short video that explains the changes.
Our new council will, once in place, include parts of the existing Lisburn and Castlereagh councils, plus a small area of North Down. Legislation confirming the boundaries of the 11 councils has now been approved.
These pictures show our current boundary, and the areas (in pink) which will become part of the new Belfast council.
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 and details of the reform programme are confirmed, we will continue to deliver the everyday services which our residents rely upon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.