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Applying for a Foreshore Consent

Difference - Foreshore Lease / Licence



  • 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.

Consents for Offshore Energy Projects

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.

Pre-application Consultation

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  (053) 9117365 to arrange a pre-application consultation at our offices.

Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Guidance and Forms:

Determining a Foreshore Consent


  • 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.

Duration of a Foreshore Lease/ Licence

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.

Pre-Application Consultation

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.


How to Apply

Applications and enquiries in relation to foreshore consents can be addressed to:-

Foreshore Unit
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Newtown Rd


  • Robert Hickey +353 (0)53 911 7365,
  • Danny O’Brien +353 (0)53 911 7366,
  • Kevin Clinton +353 (0)53 911 7464 
  • Email:
  • Fax: +353 (0)53 911 7603
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