Planning Application/Retention

Farm planning permission

Farm planning permission will take up to four months. Sometimes the need for further consultation with the planning authorities can delay matters and planning permission could take up to six months. The key is to give yourself plenty of time. Apply early to be ready to avail of the new TAMS II grants as proof of planning permission or exemption from planning is required before you can make a TAMS II application. Planning permission normally lasts for five years but sometimes the planning authority may reduce this to three years.

Exemption from planning

If your proposed development does not require planning permission, we can apply for an exemption certificate. We will submit a set of drawings such as OSI maps or farm maps showing the location and size of the proposed development to the county council.

It usually takes six weeks for the planning authorities to come back to give the exemption cert, if it is exempt. If the authorities rule that it is not exempt it will be necessary to seek planning permission.

You could be knocked back on exemption applications for a number of reasons; proximity to streams, roads, rivers, monuments and dwelling houses. There is an €80 charge to make the exemption application.

Key aspects to consider when designing a farmyard

1. Weather and the orientation of the proposed building

You should always try to face an open-ended shed north or northeast, if possible. There is a slight risk that a shed facing this direction will get snow at some stage during the year, but 90% of the time it should be a healthy shed for livestock. Try not to have the building facing the prevailing wind.If you are in that situation, try to enclose it by sheeting it down halfway.

2. Proposed animal housing or slurry storage

This needs to be a minimum distance from a public/private wells of 60m. In existing farmyards, the minimum distance is 30m subject to a hydro-geological survey being carried out. This survey can cost €1,200 to €1,400 and there is no guarantee that this will allow the development to go ahead.

3. Storage facility for silage effluent/slurry/soiled water

In the case of new famyards, these should be located not less than 50m from any waterbody. It is not less than 10m in the case of extensions/modifications to an existing facility.

4. Consider animal and machinery movement within the farmyard

The shed has to be designed to allow large machinery to work at ease. Adequate space should be given for turning and backing. Also, consider animal movement around the yard. For example, you might have a race at the back of the shed where cattle can be directed to the crush or farm roadways and a clean area to the front where machinery or lorries operate.

5. When possible, utilise existing buildings & combine them with the proposed new building

There might be an old hayshed that was used for storing hay or straw which is not being used anymore. If so, why not put a new standalone shed beside the old hayshed? The old hayshed can then act as a layback in the future. Building a brand new layback in the new shed could cost anywhere from €10,000 to €15,000. View more sample building costs.

6. Farm safety must always be considered in all new designs & layouts

Safety when building beside an existing shed is important. It is vital to make sure proper supports are in place when the new building work is being carried out. If you are planning on carrying out building work yourself, you should consider your own abilities and not be afraid to hire qualified labour.

7. Always allow and plan for future expansion and developments

Farm planning permission
Farm planning permission
Farm planning permission