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Down District Council:

  • Provides certain services directly
  • Puts forward the views of the people of the district to other bodies who take decisions affecting their lives, particularly the Northern Ireland Executive and the Stormont Committees.
  • Work with these bodies, and in partnership seek to enhance the quality of life for local people in Down District. 

Down District Council's directly provided services are as follows:

  • Access to the Countryside
  • Advice and Information Services
  • Advice on Pest Control
  • Building Control and Regulations
  • Burial Grounds
  • Civic Ceremonials
  • Community Development
  • Community Relations
  • Consumer Protection
  • Dog control/dog fouling, stray dogs
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Education
  • Inspection of premises for food safety, food hygiene and safety and general health inspections.
  • Leisure and Community Centres
  • Licensing (including entertainment, dogs, petroleum and registration of clubs etc)
  • Markets and Fairs
  • Museum Services
  • Parks and open spaces and rights-of-way
  • Pollution control - air and solid waste
  • Public Toilets
  • Recreation Grounds and Services
  • Refuse Collection and Disposal of Waste
  • Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Sports Development
  • Street Cleansing
  • Support and Development of Arts
  • Swimming Pools
  • Tourism

The Council has powers to: 

  • raise money from the annual rates (local taxes) which are payable on homes and businesses. Each Council has a different rate.
  • borrow money in a variety of ways.
  • buy, rent, lease or build the necessary buildings for the Council to carry out its business effectively.
  • employ staff to do all the necessary work.
  • acquire land and property to develop and improve facilities and to sell land or property that is no longer necessary to the Council's work.
  • work with other organizations, community groups etc to improve life for our residents and visitors.
  • co-operate with other public bodies and government departments for the benefit of the district.
  • deliver regulatory functions in relation to Environmental Health, Building Control, Registration.


Down District Council
Downshire Civic Centre
Downshire Estate
Ardglass Road
BT30 6GQ
T: 0 28 4461 0800
F: 0 28 4461 0801