Local Authority Environmental Enforcement Performance Framework

A revised Local Authority Performance Framework was implemented by the EPA in 2021 to coordinate and focus the environmental enforcement activity of the 31 local authorities to better align with achieving environmental outcomes under set national enforcement priorities.

How the Framework operates 

  • The EPA has a supervisory role in relation to the performance by local authorities of their statutory environmental protection duties.
  • The EPA’s revised Local Authority Performance Framework was implemented in 2021, which assesses local authority delivery of environmental outcomes.
  • Under the EPA’s Local Authority Performance Framework, there are 20 National Enforcement Priorities (NEPs) which focus on delivering positive environmental outcomes for air quality, water quality and waste management. The NEPs for 2021 are shown in the table below.
  • The NEPs are categorised under four themes; governance processes; waste; water and air and noise. Each NEP is scored according to a four-point scale; Excellent, Strong, Moderate or Limited. Achieving a Strong or Excellent score demonstrates that the local authority has a comprehensive system in place for the detection and follow-up of environmental enforcement activities, and that progress was made towards an environmental outcome under that priority.

 

Theme

National Enforcement Priorities (NEPs) in 2021

Governance Processes

  • RMCEI Plan: Planning for the NEPs
  • RMCEI Plan: Environmental Resource Planning
  • RMCEI Plan: Environmental Outcomes
  • RMCEI: Review and Reporting
  • Environmental Complaint Handling

Waste

  • Tackling Significant Illegal Waste Activity / Multi-Agency Sites of Interest
  • Construction and Demolition Waste
  • End-of-Life Vehicles & Metal Waste
  • Waste Collection Household and Commercial Waste
  • Producer Responsibility Initiatives / Local Issues

Water

  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Agriculture / Farm Inspections
  • Septic Tanks (Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems)
  • Monitoring & Enforcement of Section 4 Licences
  • Monitoring & Enforcement of Private Water Supplies

Air & Noise

  • Air Monitoring
  • Solid Fuel Inspections
  • Environmental Noise Directive Activities / Noise Plans
  • Air & Noise Controls in Planning Assessments
  • Local Enforcement Issues

 

Read our latest reports 

At the end of the year, each local authority submits data on their completed activities and information on notable achievements during the year.  The EPA publishes regular reports on the outcomes of these activities by all the local authorities around the country.   

 

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Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement

Performance Report 2021

Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement Performance Report 2021

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Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement

Activity Report 2018

Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement Activity Report 2018

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Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement

2014 to 2016 Performance Report

Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement 2014 to 2016 Performance Report

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Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement

2019 Performance Report

Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement 2019 Performance Report

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Local Authority Environmental enforcement Activity

Activity Report 2020

Local Authority Environmental enforcement Activity Report 2020