Applying for a Foreshore Consent
- A Lease is generally issued for a development that requires exclusive occupation of the foreshore. Developments requiring a lease would include for example: jetties, bridges, piers, marinas, offshore windfarms and reclamation of any foreshore.
- A Licence is generally issued for a development that does not require exclusive occupation of the foreshore. Examples would include repair work, some coastal protection work, undersea pipelines, cables, site investigation works and dredging works.
Pending roll-out of a comprehensively reformed consenting regime, the adoption of the OREDP and an agreed approach to the future release of areas of foreshore for ocean energy development, the Department will limit the consideration of lease or licence applications, current or prospective (other than those lease applications accompanied by an environmental impact statement already submitted) to proposals for investigative surveys and related works.
The granting or refusal of any foreshore investigation licence will not give rise on the part of the applicant to any expectation whatsoever for, right or entitlement to a grant of any future permission in respect of an area of foreshore.
In the longer term, it is envisaged that when a revised scheme of licensing is adopted, new applications for specific pre-selected sites will be invited.
Prior to submitting the application, you should arrange for a pre-application consultation with the Foreshore Unit. The consultation is designed to ensure that the application can be completed appropriately before it may be accepted by this Department for processing. The attached guidance and forms will assist you in preparing for that meeting.
Please contact Robert.Hickey@environ.ie (053) 9117365 to arrange a pre-application consultation at our offices.
Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Guidance and Forms:
- ORE 1 General Guidance Nov 2011 (doc, 50kb)
- ORE 2 Pre-application Consultation Guidance Nov 2011 (doc, 36kb)
- ORE Pre-application Checklist Nov 2011 (doc, 38kb)
- ORE Application Form for Site Investigation Nov 2011 (doc, 106kb)
- The application is reviewed by internal and external advisors including Engineering staff, Sea Food Control Division and the Marine Survey Office, Heritage Service, local harbour authorities and regional fisheries boards. Large impact developments are often referred to the Marine Licence Vetting Committee.
- Applicant given permission to advertise the project in a locally read newspaper and to put plans on public display.
- Plans are displayed for 21 days for non-EIS projects (see Foreshore and EIS for information on projects requiring Environmental Impact Assessment). This allows the public to make representations/objections on the development.
- Applicant given an opportunity to comment on the public representations/objections received.
- Final report is made to the Minister.
- Minister makes decision on whether to grant or refuse a foreshore consent application.
The Minister usually approves the grant of 35-year leases and licences. These are normally subject to five-yearly rental reviews. Occasionally shorter licences are granted for works such as dredging.
New applicants for foreshore leases/licences requiring an environmental impact assessment must engage in pre-application consultations with the Foreshore Unit prior to submitting a formal application.
Applications and enquiries in relation to foreshore consents can be addressed to:-
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
- Robert Hickey +353 (0)53 911 7365,
- Danny O’Brien +353 (0)53 911 7366,
- Kevin Clinton +353 (0)53 911 7464
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fax: +353 (0)53 911 7603
- General Scheme of the Maritime Area and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill (pdf, 655 kb)
- Ahakista Application Form (pdf, 1,649 kb)
- Ahakista Development Map and Drawing (pdf, 658 kb)
- Scan of original application form (Rosscarbery) (pdf, 1,481 kb)
- Development maps and drawings (Rosscarbery) (pdf, 2,853 kb)
- Scan of June 2009 Underwater Archaeological Impact Assessment (pdf, 3,811 kb)
- more publications
- 22/10/13: O’Sullivan publishes General Scheme of the Maritime Area and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill
- 26/07/11: Minister Hogan grants foreshore licence for Corrib Gas Pipeline