About this publication scheme
Under section 19(1) of the Freedom of Information Act every public authority is required to adopt and maintain a publication scheme setting out the classes of information it holds, the manner in which it intends to publish the information and whether or not a charge will be made for the information.
The Information Commissioner, who is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, has drawn up a Model Publication Scheme and a Definition Document for all public sector organisations. The Department has formally adopted the Information Commissioner’s model publication scheme. The scheme is organised into seven classes of information which are set out below. This structure aims to save you time and effort when searching for information.
You can also use our Publications search which contains all the documents we have made available.
Who we are and what we do
- Roles and responsibilities
- Departmental structure
- Information about legislation relevant to the Department's functions
What we spend and how we spend it
What are our priorities and how are we doing
- Annual reports
- Business plans
- Departmental management board minutes
- Ministerial speeches
- Housing Association inspection reports/performance indicators
- Impact assessments
- Customer service
How we make decisions
Our policies and procedures
Lists and registers
The services we offer
- Arts and culture
- Benefits and pensions
- Finding employment
- Finding staff
- Support for children
- Urban regeneration
- Statistics and research
- Voluntary and community
- Historic environment
- Museums and Libraries
- Social policy
- Public Record Office
If you can’t find a document
The Department is committed to making information readily available, within the scope of the legislation. To assist us to deal with requests for information promptly, it would be helpful if you could direct enquiries to:The Departmental Information Manager
Department for Communities
1 Cromac Place
Gasworks Business Park
Belfast BT7 2JB
Requests for information must be in writing (or email), give your name and a correspondence (or email) address and describe the information requested. Requests for environmental information may also be made verbally. Applications should provide as much detail as possible to identify the information sought.
If the information you want is not routinely published, you can make a request for it under the Freedom of Information Act.
Publication scheme charges
The Department reserves the right to charge for the production of multiple paper copies of documents, which are otherwise free of charge.
If the information is not in a format that meets your needs please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Crown copyright and licensing
The material on this site is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated.
You may use and re-use the information featured on this website (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence with only a few conditions.
Information supplied to you continues to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Therefore information you receive which is not subject to Crown copyright continues to be protected by the copyright of the person, or organisation, from which the information originated. You must ensure that you gain their permission before reproducing any third party (non-Crown copyright) information.