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Environmental Health

Environmental Health

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The Council’s Environmental Health Unit will be relocating back to Lagan Valley Island from its temporary residence at Bradford Court in Castlereagh.

Relocation work at Lagan Valley Island has been ongoing since September to increase office space within the premises, to support a modern, agile and cohesive workplace and to establish Lagan Valley Island as the primary administrative headquarters for Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

Limited counter services will continue to be available at Bradford Court after this time.

Dog licences can also be applied for at Bradford Court. You can obtain it in person between 9am and 5pm Monday – Friday; request an application form by post by telephoning 028 9244 7394 or apply online - just click here.

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Environmental Health

Environmental Health has its origins in the 1800’s, when bad housing, poor water supplies, inadequate drainage and contaminated food caused disease and death. Environmental Health Officers (formerly Sanitary Inspectors and Public Health Inspectors) have been looking after the public’s health since 1848.

In recent years, the government has increasingly recognised the impact of environmental factors such as housing, air quality, the workplace and food safety on the nation’s health.

With the Review of Public Administration (RPA) and the advent of the new Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, new powers and function have been brought into Environmental Health. The new powers will allow Environmental Health to further address health and life inequalities and make a bigger impact on the climate and wider environmental conditions within the Council area.

The objectives of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Environmental Health Service Unit are:

  • To ensure a safe and healthy environment for people who visit, live or work in the Council area; and
  • To enhance and protect the health and environmental well-being of the area.

These objectives are achieved by a combination of enforcement and regulation, education and awareness, and by working in partnership with businesses and organisations throughout the area.

The Service, under the control of a Head of Service, is split into four sections:

  • The Food Safety, Tobacco Control and Consumer Protection Unit
  • The Environmental Protection and Dog Control Unit
  • The Public Health & Housing, Licensing and Pest Control Unit
  • The Health and Safety Unit.

Each unit is managed and staffed with both professional and competent Environmental Health Officers, Enforcement Officers, Technical Officers and Administrative staff.