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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 and public consultation

Forestry licence applications can be viewed using the Forestry Licence Viewer (external website).

The Forestry Licence Viewer (FLV) shows application information for forestry licences and provides members of the public with easy and direct online access to forestry licence applications and decisions.

Any person may make a submission or observation concerning such applications. Submissions or requests for further information must be made to:

The submission must include a name or names, postal address and phone number or email. Submissions received on forestry licence applications will be made available to view in the Forestry Licence Viewer (FLV). The name and address of the person that makes the submission will be available in the FLV (but not their phone number or email). 

The fee for the making of a submission in respect of an application (by licence reference number) is €20. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Further information on making a submission or observation can be found on the website of the DAFM.


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 must be submitted by post and the fee of €200 must accompany the notice of appeal otherwise it will not be accepted. The postal address is

  • Forestry Appeals Committee, Agriculture Appeals Office, Kilminchy Court, Portlaoise, Co Laois, R32 DTW5

The Notice of Appeal Form must be signed by the Appellant. Appeals and payments that are not received within the statutory 28-day deadline cannot be accepted.

Further information on making an appeal can be found on the website of the Agriculture Appeals Office.

Further information:

  • Contact your local Forestry Advisory Staff