Farm Buildings and TAMS II ; Aidan Kelly

Aidan Kelly  085 746 6211

Top five or ten points to consider when making a planning permission application


  1. Planning permission will take up to 4 months, and can sometimes be delayed with further information up to 6 months. Give yourself plenty of time and apply early to be ready to avail of the new grants. Planning Permission lasts for 5 year.


  1. Cost of Planning permission is a maximum of €300 & a maximum of €900 for retention application in agriculture. There are also development contrition charges to be considered in certain county councils. Most council allow the first 500m2 free from this charge, But beware that a retention application may be exposed to this total charge. The charge can range from €6 per m2 in Kilkenny county councils to €3 per m2 in Laois county councils. Each county council have different charges. Cork county councils have no charges as of yet.


  1. Location of the proposed building. I have been in too many farmyards where there has been no thought put into a building location or allowing for possible expansion in the future. When planning a build you should be thinking what building/structures you will be requiring in the next 10 year .Allow this to be considered and possible do up 10 year farm plans. As the proposed building may be in the way for future development within the farmyard. Always also for expansion farm building have a life span of between 30 & 100 years.


  1. Have a look at different sheds recently built on other local farms that you could take ideas from. Chat with the farmers who had them built and find out the drawbacks and changes they could make. Once the shed is lodged to your local council there can be very little charges made. These drawing are the ones that the grant inspector will be working too.


  1. Timing of planning permission. The new TAMS II SCHEME opens in tranches. You may receive your planning and then have to wait a future four months for a tranches to close. The process of receiving planning and then the grant could be after taking you 8 months. It may take another month before you are allowed to start. So you would really need to allow 12 month at a minimum before you could start you proposed building.

Key aspects to consider when designing a farm yard (General) 


  1. Weather and the orientation of the proposed building.
  2. Proposed building need to be a minimum from public/private well of 60m or 30m in existing farmyards subject to a hydro-geological survey being carried out.
  3. A storage facility for silage effluent/slurry/soiled water should be located not less than 50m from any waterbody in the case of new farmyards, and not less than 10m in the case of extensions/modifications to an existing facility
  4. Consider animal and machinery moment within the farm yard.
  5. Utilise existing building and combine with proposed building if possible
  6. Farm safety must always be considered in all new designs and layouts.
  7. Economically do you require this? Can the farm afford this development?
  8. Always allow and plan for future expansion and developments. Try and used a professional Farm designer or advisor to help you achieve the best design for you Farming system



I have attached a Dairy design job below which I am current working on. As you can see from drawing below we are considering all location at first and then we decide with the client on the best location. We must consider cow flow, traffic management, safety measures and always allow for future expansion and development.



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