NI Drainage Council

The Drainage Council (‘the Council’) for Northern Ireland is a non-Departmental Public Body constituted under the Drainage (NI) Order 1973. The Council has a general scrutiny role in relation to the Department’s drainage functions, and has a statutory duty to ensure uniformity of treatment of drainage throughout Northern Ireland.

The Council is an independent advisory body with 18 members appointed to oversee the programme of publicly funded drainage and flood defence projects in Northern Ireland. The Council is made up of ten District Councillors, a drainage specialist, representatives from conservation, fisheries, agriculture, industry, tourism and DOE Planning Service, and the Chief Executive of the Rivers Agency. Members are normally appointed for a four year term and appointments are made in accordance with the principles of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Drainage Council rules and regulations

In accordance with paragraph 7 of the First Schedule of the Drainage (Northern Ireland) Order 1973 the rules and regulations for the Drainage Council were made by the Council on 23 February 2000, amended on 18 June 2003, and approved by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
If you wish to contact the Drainage Council, you can do so at the following address:
Secretariat to the Drainage Council
c/o Rivers Agency
4 Hospital Road
Hydebank
Ballydollaghan
Belfast
BT8 8JP
Telephone: 028 9025 3355
Email: rivers.registry@dardni.gov.uk