Consultation on the Provisional Recommendations of the Local Government Boundaries Commissioner

Closed 21 Sep 2021

Opened 27 Jul 2021


The purpose of the Local Government Boundaries Commissioner for Northern Ireland is to provide an independent review of the boundaries and names of the 11 local government districts in Northern Ireland, and the number, boundaries and names of the wards into which each local government district is divided.

These district councils are as follows:

1.        Antrim and Newtownabbey;

2.        Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon;

3.        Belfast;

4.        Causeway Coast and Glens;

5.        Derry City and Strabane District Council;

6.        Fermanagh and Omagh;

7.        Lisburn and Castlereagh; 

8.        Mid and East Antrim;

9.        Mid Ulster;

10.      Newry, Mourne and Down; and

11.      Ards and North Down.

The Local Government Boundaries Review is required by law and intended to provide electoral equality, in that all the wards within a district should, as far as possible, have a similar number of electors.

The starting point for this Commissioners Review is the Local Government (Boundaries) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012.

The electoral data that the Commissioner used to inform her Provisional Recommendations was captured on 4 January 2021. This date is known as the Enumeration date.

The Commissioner’s team has worked with a team from Ordinance Survey NI in Land and Property Services, Department of Finance, to produce an app of the new maps that show the changes to the current boundaries recommended by the Commissioner.

Why your views matter

The Commissioner has completed the review of Local Government Boundaries and has published her Provisional Recommendations including maps. The Commissioner is consulting citizens on these proposals to get their views. 

What happens next

The Commissioner will consider all the views received from citizens and revise her provisional recommendations as appropriate. There will be a further period of consultation on any revised recommendations.


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