Department for Communities

From 9th May 2016 The Department for Communities encompasses; the functions of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, including the Public Records Office Northern Ireland (but excluding Inland Fisheries and Waterways); Employment Service from the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL); Local Government from the Department of the Environment, including Built Heritage from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Debt Advice from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI); Financial Capability Strategy from DETI and Economic Activity Strategy for DEL.

Agencies and Other Associated Bodies

Appeals Service

The Appeals Service provides administrative support to independent tribunals which hear appeals against decisions made by the Department.

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

The Observatory and Planetarium merged on 1st April 2017 and are funded by grants from the Department of Communities for Northern Ireland and the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the development and funding agency for the Arts in Northern Ireland.

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the independent regulator of Northern Ireland charities. It was established under the Charities Act (NI) of 2008.

Child Maintenance Service

The Child Maintenance Service is responsible for implementing the Child Support Act 1991 and subsequent legislation.

Historic Buildings Council

The Historic Buildings Council was established in 1974 under the provisions of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1972. The Council is currently constituted under Section 198 of the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.

Libraries NI

The Northern Ireland Library Authority (Libraries NI) was established in April 2009 as a result of the Review of Public Administration. Libraries NI has the statutory responsibility for the provision of public library services in Northern Ireland. Its functions are laid down in the Libraries Act (Northern Ireland) 2008.

Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment for Northern Ireland

In September 2007 the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure, established the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) for Architecture and the Built Environment in Northern Ireland. Since the reorganisation of the NI Executive Departments, MAG now sits within the Department for Communities. Its primary role is to advise the Minister for Communities on the implementation and development of the Policy for Architecture and the Built Environment.

National Museums Northern Ireland

National Museums Northern Ireland cares for and presents the collections held at the Ulster Museum, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum and Ulster American Folk Park.

Northern Ireland Central Investment Fund for Charities

The Northern Ireland Central Investment Fund for Charities is administered by the Department for Communities. The Fund aims to provide Trustees the opportunity to invest all or part of their assets in a supervised and professionally managed fund. The fund is managed by the Department through recognised fund managers, but its investment policy is guided by a locally based Advisory Committee, appointed by the Department. The Department carries out all day to day administrative responsibilities at no charge and the Advisory Committee receive no remuneration.

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive is the public housing authority for Northern Ireland. It is the enforcing authority for those parts of housing orders that involve houses with multiple occupants, houses that are unfit, and housing conditions.

Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Committee

The Local Government Pension Scheme Northern Ireland is managed by the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Committee. The Committee comprises 12 members and a Chairperson appointed by the Minister for Communities.

Northern Ireland Museums Council

The Northern Ireland Museums Council provides support to the local museums in Northern Ireland in maintaining and improving their standards of collections care and public services.

Northern Ireland Screen Commission

Northern Ireland Screen is the national screen agency for Northern Ireland with a commitment to maximise the economic, cultural and educational value of the screen industries for the benefit of Northern Ireland. It is funded by Invest Northern Ireland, Department for the Economy and the Department for Communities.

Northern Ireland Social Security Agency

The Social Security Agency is a government agency within the Department for Communities administering Social Security benefits.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

The Public Record Office in Northern Ireland is a division of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and operates under the statutory requirements set out the in the Public Records Act (NI) 1923. It plays a central role in identifying and ensuring that records of historical and other evidential importance are preserved for access.

Rent Officer for Northern Ireland

The Rent Officer for Northern Ireland is responsible for setting rents payable in Northern Ireland under controlled tenancies and recording them in the Rent Register.

Sport Northern Ireland

Sport Northern Ireland is the leading public body for the development of sport in Northern Ireland.

Ulster Supported Employment Limited

Ulster Supported Employment Limited helps employ, support, and train people with disabilities or health-related conditions across Northern Ireland.

Publications in this Department