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Legal requirements for afforestation

Brief overview of the legal requirements for afforestation

Site Notices

All applications for licences for afforestation grant and premium schemes submitted for approval, must have a Site Notice appropriately positioned on the site.

The Site Notice must be securely erected at the entrance from the public road to the land to which the licence application relates or, where no entrance exists, at the point where it is proposed to create an entrance, so as to be easily visible and legible by persons using the public road, and shall not be obscured or concealed at any time.

The Site Notice must be clearly legible, affixed on rigid, durable material and secured against damage from bad weather and other causes and adequately inform the public.

The Site Notice must be maintained in position for a period of not less than five weeks from date of receipt of a completed licence application by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and must be renewed or replaced if it is removed or becomes defaced or illegible within that period.

Licence applications & public consultation

Important: New information on making a submission on a forestry licence application is available on the Department’s website at www.agriculture.gov.ie/forestservice/publicconsultation.

Details of the licence application may be purchased, at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of doing so, by request in writing (by post or e-mail) from Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford, or email forestrysubmission@agriculture.gov.ie.

A fee of €20 must be paid with every submission on a single file reference number (e.g. CN12345). A submission or observation in relation to the licence application may be made in writing (by post or e-mail) to Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford, or email forestrysubmission@agriculture.gov.ie by 4pm on the date indicated on the licence application notice, that is 30 days from the date the notice is posted on the Department’s website. Such submissions and observations will be considered by the Forest Service in deciding on the licence application.

When the licence application is received by the Department, a further notice will be posted on the Department’s website at www.agriculture.gov.ie/forestservice/publicconsultation.

The Department may grant a licence with or without conditions or may refuse to grant a licence.

Appeals

Where a person is dissatisfied with a decision made by the Department, s/he may appeal to the Forestry Appeals Committee (FAC) against the decision. Appeals to the FAC must be made in writing to:

  • Forestry Appeals Committee, Kilminchy Court, Portlaoise, Co Laois, R32 DTW5. Tel. 057-8631900

Further information:

  • Contact your local Forestry Advisory Staff