Council departmentsBelfast City Council is made up of six departments, which work together to deliver high-quality services for everyone. They are:
- Chief Executive's Department
- Development Department
- Finance and Resources Department
- Health and Environmental Services Department
- Parks and Leisure Department
- Property and Projects Department
Chief Executive's DepartmentThis department provides support to the Lord Mayor of Belfast and councillors in their roles as public representatives, as well as specialised legal advice in all areas of local government law. It also provides customer-focused services which support council policies and decisions, and human resources.
This includes dealing with complaints and queries, managing Freedom of Information and data protection requests, delivering our good relations agenda, providing minutes and agendas for council meetings and decisions and publicising our services through press releases, City Matters residents' magazine, publications and this website.
It is also responsible for the registration of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships in Belfast.
Development DepartmentThis department aims to strengthen our role in leading the social and economic regeneration of Belfast. It does this by nurturing economic development and tourism in Belfast, promoting major events and culture and arts and supporting physical regeneration projects across the city.
It also promotes European affairs and manages major venues like St George's and Smithfield Markets, Belfast Waterfront and the Ulster Hall, as well as community centres and play centres
Finance and Resources DepartmentAs well as providing corporate financial management, this department looks after areas as diverse as information technology, strategic information and assurance, council governance, the delivery of IT training to external organisations and risk management.
Health and Environmental Services DepartmentResponsible for promoting the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone living in, working in and visiting Belfast, this department's responsibilities include street cleaning, bin collections and all areas of environmental health, including our dog warden service, pest control and food safety
The department has regulatory and licensing powers for building control and environmental health, and its duties include registering specific businesses and providing advice about health and safety guidelines and bye-laws, managing a Consumer Advice Centre for help with consumer issues, offering a Safety and Environmental Advice Service for businesses and raising awareness of recycling and the importance of reducing our waste.
Parks and Leisure DepartmentAs well as looking after all of our parks and leisure centres, this department also maintains more than 30 playing fields and more than 70 playgrounds across Belfast. It also manages three 'active' cemeteries, five historical graveyards and the City of Belfast Crematorium
The department is responsible for popular visitor attractions like Belfast Zoo, Malone House and Belfast Castle and also helps to promote health and wellbeing in Belfast through two major strategies, the Sports Development and Physical Activity Strategy and Your City, Your Space, which examines how we plan to protect and improve green spaces in the city.