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

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

CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO HOW SUBMISSIONS ARE RECEIVED AND CONSIDERED BY THE DEPARTMENT.  PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO MAKE A SUBMISSION AND PAY THE FEE.

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, forest road works, or aerial fertilisation, before making a decision on the matter, he or she is required amongst other 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 forest road works 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 assess the likely significant effects on the environment of the proposed project, considering 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.

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 on the Department’s website. Submissions or requests for further information, must be made in writing, contact information is below.  The submission must include a name or names, postal address and phone number or email. 

The Forestry (Amendment) Regulations (S.I. No. 417 of 2020) provide for the charging of application and submission fees.  The fee for the making of a submission in respect of any one application (by licence reference number) is €20.  A single submission that covers several licence reference numbers will be charged according to each reference number.  Submission fees are non-refundable regardless of the final decision on the licence application including withdrawal, or if the submission and/or payment are received after the closing date for submissions.

Submissions must be received by 4pm on the date indicated on the notice.  Submissions received by post delivered to the address below on the closing date or submissions received by email if the timestamp of the email is sent before 4pm on the closing date, will be considered valid providing payment is also received before the closing date.  It is important that submissions are emailed to the correct address, as indicated below.  Submissions sent to other email addresses cannot be accepted as valid.

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: forestrysubmission@agirculture.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: fellingsubmission@agriculture.gov.ie

How to pay a submission fee

The Department is making available the following method for paying a submission:

Valid cheques, bank drafts, postal orders or money orders may be sent by post with a written submission.  Do not send bank notes in the post.  Such payments must be made payable to Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.  A submission accompanied with payment by cheque, bank draft, postal or money orders, that is found to be invalid, will not be accepted.  Third party cheques, bank drafts, postal or money orders cannot be accepted.

Payment is accepted by credit/debit card over the phone.  Please phone 076-1064451, where card details will be taken, and payment processed.  During this call, you will be asked for your name, address and phone number and the reference number of the application concerned.  This is to enable matching the payment to the submission.  The information will not be retained, once the payment is validated and attached to a submission.  The Department cannot accept responsibility for incorrect licence reference numbers. 

All valid submissions will be acknowledged, which will serve as a receipt of payment of the submission fee.

The Department intends to make submissions publicly available through an online portal, which is currently in development.  This portal – Forestry Licence Viewer (FLV) – will contain application information including submissions received.  These documents will not be redacted.  Further information on the FLV will be available closer to launch.

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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