To find out about what we do and what we hope to do in the future, download our Corporate Plan.
Here are just some of the services we provide, using the income from the district rate:
Investment Programme (2012 - 2015)
Our £150 million Investment Programme aims to boost the local economy. This includes capital investment of £75 million to help build city and community assets and support employment in construction and other sectors.
By 2015 we provided access to next-generation fibre broadband across the entire city, affordable ultrafast broadband to businesses, and wi-fi in areas of high footfall.
Parks and leisure
Leisure and community centres
We currently operate 27 community centres across Belfast and provide support to six independent community run facilities. GLL runs our 10 leisure centres under the Better brand. We still own and maintain the centres.
Parks and recreational grounds
We are responsible for 80 parks and open spaces, 96 playgrounds, 16 bowling greens, 1 international rose garden, 13 community gardens, Bridges Urban Skatepark and biodiversity and countryside access.
Bins and recycling
We carry out all aspects of waste collection and disposal for Belfast. We have four recycling centres and two civic amenity sites. We also provide a free bulky household waste collection service.
We clean over 379,574km of streets every year.
We consider planning applications within the Belfast City Council area and submit views to the Planning Service.
We provide public toilets at 14 sites across the city.
Regulatory and licensing responsibilities
We enforce regulatory and licensing responsibilities, in areas such as environmental health, building control, public health, pollution, street trading.
Births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships
We look after the registration of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships in Belfast.
We manage and maintain nine cemeteries and the City of Belfast Crematorium.
Events, culture and tourism
Culture, arts and tourism
We promote culture, arts and tourism in Belfast by supporting and funding organisations.
We organise major events each year including Halloween and Christmas celebrations, the Titanic Festival and Rose Week. We also help to organise sporting events.
Management of venues and sites throughout Belfast
We manage Belfast City Hall, Belfast Castle, Malone House and Belfast Zoo. We also manage the Gasworks Business Park, St George's Market, Smithfield Market, Duncrue and Balmoral Industrial Estates and various other sites in Belfast.
We provide funding for the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau (BVCB) and Belfast City Centre Management (BCCM) in conjunction with private and public sector partners.
We also provide funding to generalist advice providers, community groups, sports groups and community relations projects across Belfast.
Advice centres and offices
We operate a Consumer Advice Centre, Neighbourhood Development Office and an outreach support office for the Traveller community.
Support for businesses
We deliver a wide range of business support programmes to entrepreneurs and businesses.
We facilitate the Belfast City Council Youth Forum.
We work in partnership with many agencies on joint initiatives including the Community Safety Partnership, ARC21 Waste Management Partnership, Belfast Healthy Cities and the Area Partnership Boards.