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Public Consultation on Licence Applications for Felling, Afforestation, Forest Roads and Aerial Fertilisation

Under Part 6 of the Forestry Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 191 of 2017) where the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine receives an application for a licence for felling, afforestation, a forest road, or aerial fertilisation, before making a decision on the matter, he or she is required amongst things to:

  • Publish a notice of the application; and
  • Inform the public that any person may make a submission or observation in writing concerning the application to the Minister within 30 days from the date of publication of that notice.

In addition, under Part 7 of the Regulations, where the application pertains specifically to afforestation or a forest road and is below the relevant mandatory thresholds for an Environmental Impact Assessment, which in the case afforestation is an area of less than 50 hectares and in the case a forest road the length of works are less than 2000 metres, the Minister is also required:

  • To consider the likely significant effects on the environment of the proposed project, taking into account the criteria set out in Schedule 3 of the Regulations; and
  • Where he or she determines that the project is likely to have a significant effect on the environment to require the production of an Environmental Impact Statement by the applicant and undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment in respect of the application.

The lists below give notice of the applications for licences that have been received by the Department.  Choose the month, then the project type, e.g. Afforestation.

Individual applications may be inspected free of charge at the offices of the Department in Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford, from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays), or purchased for a reasonable fee not exceeding the cost of doing so, if requested in writing.

As noted above, any person may make a submission or observation concerning such applications, including on the likely effect on the environment of a proposed project, within 30 days of the publication of the notice. Submissions or observation, or requests for further information, must be made in writing (by post or email).

Enquiries and submissions on applications for licences for Afforestation, Forest Roads, or Aerial Fertilisation should be addressed to:

Post: Approvals Section, Forestry Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford.

Email: forestryappenq@agriculture.gov.ie

Enquiries and submissions on applications for Tree Felling Licences should be addressed to:

Post: Felling Section, Forestry Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford,

Email:felling.forestservice@agriculture.gov.ie

January

February

March

April

May

June

Click here for 2019

Click here for 2018

To view decisions on EIA Notices please see - Archived Licence Applications for Felling, Afforestation, Forest Roads and Aerial Fertilisation – Register of Decisions