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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 maintained in position for a period of not less than five weeks from date of receipt of the licence application by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. If the Notice is removed or becomes illegible it must be replaced within that period. The contract number (CN) must be included on the Site Notice.

Licence applications & public consultation

Applications for afforestation are published on the Department’s website. Applications may be inspected free of charge at the offices of the Forest Service, from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays), or purchased for a reasonable fee, if requested in writing. 

A period of 30 days, starting from the date of publication on the Department's website, is allowed for public consultation during which a submission or observation in relation to the licence application may be made in writing (by post or email) to:

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


Licence decisions are published on the Department’s website.

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. An appeal may be made to the FAC within 28 days from the date of the notification of the decision of the Department. The appeal must include the facts and contentions upon which the appellant intends to rely together with any documentary evidence submitted in support of the appeal. 

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