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The Environment & Recreation Directorate is responsible for the protection of the environment in a sustainable way which meets the needs of existing and future citizens.

The Directorate through the provision of its various services undertakes measures to protect and enhance the environment in which we live, however, it is only with the help of all citizens taking personal responsibility for environmental care that our goals can be achieved.

The Directorate has responsibility for the provision of the following services:

1) Waste Management: Through the promotion of reduction, recycling and responsible disposal of waste.
2) Litter Management: Through both enforcement and education / information programmes.
3) Street Cleaning: Through the provision of a 7 day a week street cleaning programme.
4) Water Services: Through the provision, on behalf of Irish Water, of clean potable water for domestic and commercial purposes.
5) Waste Water Services: Through the collection, transport and treatment of domestic and industrial wastewater on behalf of Irish Water.
6) Recreational Services: Through the provision playgrounds, pitches, golf course and the provision of recreation/leisure centres, and multi user games areas.
7) Burial Grounds: Through the provision of good quality, well maintained burial facilities.


Contact Us

Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding public holidays

Telephone Numbers:

        Water Services: 

        Since 1 January 2014, responsibility for public water supplies has transferred from local authorities to Irish Water, the new national water services authority. Cork City Council operates public water supplies on behalf of Irish Water.


        Drinking Water & Waste Water Service Requests - 24 Hours 

        Faults Water Supply and Waste Water       1850 278278

        Domestic Billing Queries                           1850 448448

        Commercial Water Queries                       1850 778778 

        Irish Water


Flooding Management & Surface Water Queries (021) 4924514

Blocked Road Gullies – Roads Directorate          (021) 4924758

Waste Management:
Landfill Site/Pollution (021) 492 4299 / 492 4533

Waste Operations:
Litter and Dumping (021) 492 4299 

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Dog Law

With effect from 31st March 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and registered on an approved database.


The Control of Dogs Act 1986 requires owners to 

  • Be over the age of 16 years
  • Licence their dogs every year
  • Keep them under control in public places
  • Not let their dogs wander unaccompanied
  • Make good any damage they cause 
  • Prevent the nuisance of excessive barking  (neighbours can complain about excessive barking to the District Court).

 Penalties are in place for those who do not comply with Dog Control Regulations.


Dangerous Breeds:  

The Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 places extra duties on the owners of the following breeds : 

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • English Bull Terrier
  • German Shepherd (Alsatian)
  • Japanese Akita
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Rottweiler
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or a cross of any of these. 


These dogs may not appear in any public place unless:


  • Wearing a secure muzzle
  • On a strong leash no more than two meters long .
  • Led by a person over 16 years capable of controlling the dog. 


Contravention of the Regulations can result in fines, imprisonment, seizure and even destruction of the dog.  Section 6 of the 1998  Regulations requires every dog at all times to wear a collar and an identity tag giving the name and address of the owner.


Cork City Council, Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Bye-Laws 2011require that a dog brought into a park, cemetery or open space in Cork City borough, and while on any property owned by Cork City Council, whether in the City or County, must



  • Be held on a leash at all times
  • Not cause any annoyance to any other user of that space
  • Not chase, injure or disturb any animal, bird or other creature, and
  • The dog owner must remove all dog faeces from that space and deposit it in a bin (an ordinary litter bin if there is not a specially designated bin).