Draft Dual Language Street Signs Policy

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Background and Overview

Belfast City Council has powers under legislation in relation to the erection of street nameplates. One of these powers is that the Council may erect a nameplate in a language other than English*.

The Council has had a Dual Language Street Signs Policy since 1998. This policy outlines the process through which dual language street nameplates may be erected in the Belfast City Council area.

The current policy is being revised to reflect a decision taken by the elected Members of Belfast City Council to adopt a new policy position.

There are some key changes to the existing policy, including who may make an application and how an application progresses, which are described in more detail in the survey questions.

We are consulting on the proposed new policy and would welcome your comments. Comments received during the course of this consultation will be collated and analysed and the results of that analysis will be presented to the elected Members of Belfast City Council for consideration when finalising the policy.

In addition, we would like to consult on the equality, good relations and rural needs issues relating to the proposed Dual Language Street Signs Policy. Links to the draft Equality Impact Assessment and draft Rural Needs Impact Assessment are available in the "Key Documents" section.

As part of the public consultation on these proposed changes, alongside this survey, the Council will also engage with relevant stakeholders and will be running online information sessions. This is the opportunity for you to have your say about the proposed new policy. This consultation will run for a 14 week period and will end on 28 February 2022.

This consultation can be filled in in either English or Irish. Respondents are asked to only fill in one version of the survey. You can also send written comments to the Council to The Equality and Diversity Unit, Room 117, City Hall, Belfast BT1 5GS.

* Article 11 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, provides for street naming, street numbering and the provision of street signs. It also gives Councils the discretionary power to erect dual language street signs or secondary nameplates in a language other than English.


Background and Overview

Belfast City Council has powers under legislation in relation to the erection of street nameplates. One of these powers is that the Council may erect a nameplate in a language other than English*.

The Council has had a Dual Language Street Signs Policy since 1998. This policy outlines the process through which dual language street nameplates may be erected in the Belfast City Council area.

The current policy is being revised to reflect a decision taken by the elected Members of Belfast City Council to adopt a new policy position.

There are some key changes to the existing policy, including who may make an application and how an application progresses, which are described in more detail in the survey questions.

We are consulting on the proposed new policy and would welcome your comments. Comments received during the course of this consultation will be collated and analysed and the results of that analysis will be presented to the elected Members of Belfast City Council for consideration when finalising the policy.

In addition, we would like to consult on the equality, good relations and rural needs issues relating to the proposed Dual Language Street Signs Policy. Links to the draft Equality Impact Assessment and draft Rural Needs Impact Assessment are available in the "Key Documents" section.

As part of the public consultation on these proposed changes, alongside this survey, the Council will also engage with relevant stakeholders and will be running online information sessions. This is the opportunity for you to have your say about the proposed new policy. This consultation will run for a 14 week period and will end on 28 February 2022.

This consultation can be filled in in either English or Irish. Respondents are asked to only fill in one version of the survey. You can also send written comments to the Council to The Equality and Diversity Unit, Room 117, City Hall, Belfast BT1 5GS.

* Article 11 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, provides for street naming, street numbering and the provision of street signs. It also gives Councils the discretionary power to erect dual language street signs or secondary nameplates in a language other than English.


  • Belfast City Council is currently undertaking a review of the Dual Language Street Signs Policy.  We are seeking your views and feedback by participating in the survey below.  You do not have to sign in or register on our Your Say Belfast platform to take part, however if you are a registered user, you must sign out of Your Say Belfast account so that your response is anonymous. Please be aware, that if you are signed into Your Say Belfast, your email and site registration details can be linked to this survey. 

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