Public Authority Enforcement

The Office of Environmental Enforcement (OEE) has a supervisory role in terms of the environmental protection activities of local authorities.  The OEE may:

  • Request information from local authorities on the discharge of their statutory environmental protection functions
  • Carry out broad assessments of their environmental performance, such as environmental audits
  • Provide advice, recommendations, assistance or support
  • Where appropriate, issue a proposed direction to the authority to take specific action within a specified timescale. The local authority is given an opportunity to make observations to the OEE before any direction is finally issued
  • Issue a binding direction where there is a real and imminent risk of significant environmental pollution due to a local authority's failure to carry out its statutory environmental protection functions or to follow advice or recommendations made by the OEE

How to make an Environmental Complaint

Find out who you should contact and what you can do to help resolve environmental problems.