FARMYARD DEVELOPMENT

With the renewed interest in Farmyard development due to the launch of TAMS II schemes, it is worth having a look at Planning Requirements for Farm Building Development.

Development in planning legislation is defined as meaning the carrying out of works on, in, over or under land, or the making of any material change in the use of land or buildings. Such works require planning permission unless they are exempted. In the case of farm buildings where the size exceeds certain limits, or specific conditions are not met, exemptions no longer apply. Much agricultural development was exempted in the past but the Planning and Development Regulations (2001) reduced the threshold sizes and altered the exemption conditions for farm buildings so that most farmyard developments now requires planning permission.It also should be noted that the exempted development clause does not apply in certain situations or instances regardless of scale such as:

Exemption Thresholds
A schedule of the common farmyard structures that come under the exempted development categories and the  exemption limits for the various categories are summarised in Tables 1 and 2 below. The exemptions outlined apply subject to the following conditions:

  1.  Exempted farm buildings may only be used for agriculture.
  2. Structures must have adequate slurry/effluent storage for its size, use and location, and satisfy Department requirements in this regard.
  3. Distance from public a road must be at least 10 metres.
  4. Height above ground level must not exceed 8 metres within 100 metres of any public road.
  5. Distance from any house (other than own), school, church, hospital or public building must be at least 100 metres unless consent is obtained in writing from the owner or occupier or person in charge.
  6. Unpainted metal sheeting cannot be used for roofing or side cladding

Storage Structures
Effluent storage facilities (includes slurry tanks) are no longer listed as exempted development and will normally require planning permission unless they can be classed as ancillary i.e. under or adjacent to the structures they serve. Sheep dipping units have also lost exempted development status and require planning permission. The general advice of the competent regulatory authorities is that artificially-lined and clay-lined earthen bank structures require planning permission.

Planning Fees
The fees payable to the Local Authority for agricultural buildings are €80 for each building, or €1 for each square meter of gross floor area in excess of 200 square meters whichever is the greater. This is subject to a maximum of €300. Fees for the retention of unauthorized structures are one and a half to three times the normal rate. It should be noted that the gross floor area comprises the total internal floor area and includes the feed passage overhang.

Table 1.          Schedule of Farm Structures in Exempted Development Classes
Class 6 – roofed animal housing (cattle, sheep, goats, donkeys, horses of all kinds, deer and rabbits)
Class 7 – housing for pigs, poultry & mink
Class 8 – roofless cubicles, open loose yards, self feed silos and silage areas, structures for the making or storage of                       silage, feeding aprons, assembly yards and milking parlours
Class 9 – dry stores, barns etc,
Class 10 – lunging rings/exercise areas/ gallops for horses

Table 2.      Planning Exemption Limits for Farm Structures in Various -Classes and exemption limits
Class 6:- Under 200 square metres and 300 square metres on aggregate
Class 7:- Under 75 square metres and 100 square metres on aggregate
Class 8:- Under 200 square metres and 300 square metres on aggregate
Class 9:- Under 300 square metres and 900 square metres on aggregate
Class 10:- No size limit provided there are no public events and entrance is indirect

Note:- This article does not purport to be a legal interpretation of the Planning and Development Acts or Regulations.

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Exempted FarmYard Development
Farmyard Development Overview

– TAMSII Reference Costs June 2016
Guidance notes ref TAMS COSTS 2016

– Recommended Animal Areas

Specification
ACCEPTED SIMPLE AERATION SYSTEMS FOR GRANT-AID
ACCEPTED SLATS FOR GRANT-AID
EXPLANATORY NOTES ON TAMS COSTINGS
Farm Structures List
Design Siting and Operation of Outwintering Pad
Earth-Lined Slurry/Effluent Stores
Health Safety Form AF1-1
S100 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR CONCRETE GRADES USED IN AGRICULTURAL STRUCTURES
– S101 MINIMUM SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE STRUCTURE OF AGRICULTURAL BUILDINGS

S101A Non load bearing wall panels

– S101c Retrofitting roof lights with Safety Cage with Safety Cage

– S101d Accepted Safety Grids for under Roof Lights

S102 Minimum Standards for Roof Cladding and Side Cladding
s104 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR HAY AND STRAW STORES
S105 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR STORAGE STRUCTURES FOR FARM
S106 Minimum Specification For Milking Premises And Dairies
S108A Precast wall panels for manure pits
S109 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR STRUCTURES FOR GRAIN STORAGE
S110 ACCEPTED MEAL BINS AND GRAIN SILOS
S120 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR CONCRETE WALLED SILOS
S120P ACCEPTED PRECAST SILO WALL PANELS
S122 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR PROPRIETARY OVER-GROUND CIRCULAR SLURRY AND EFFLUENT STORES
S122A ACCEPTED CONTRACTORS FOR PROPRIETARY OVER-GROUND CIRCULAR SLURRY AND EFFLUENT                 STORES
S123 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR BOVINE LIVESTOCK UNITS AND REINFORCED TANKS
S123a MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR THE EXTENSION OF CONCRETE TANKS.
S123M ACCEPTED CATTLE MATS
S123Y ACCEPTED PRE-CAST TANKS FOR GRANT-AID
S123Z ACCEPTED PRE-CAST CONCRETE TANK WALLS FOR GRANT-AID
S124 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR CALF HOUSING
S126 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR GEOMEMBRANE LINED SLURRY AND EFFLUENT STORES AND ANCILLARY WORKS
S126A ACCEPTED CONTRACTORS FOR GEOMEMBRANE LINED SLURRY AND EFFLUENT STORES
S127 ROADS TO MOUNTAIN AND HILL PASTURES MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR GRAVEL ROADS AND ACCESS
S128 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR CONCRETE SILAGE BASES
S128a MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR RE-SURFACING OF SILO FLOORS
S129 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR FARMYARD DRAINAGE, CONCRETE YARDS AND ROADS
S131 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR EARTH-LINED SLURRY AND EFFLUENT STORES, AND ANCILLARY WORKS
S132 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR OUT WINTERING PADS
S132A ACCEPTED CONTRACTORS FOR LINING GEOMEMBRANE LINED OUT-WINTERING PADS
– S133 Minimum Specification for Integrated ConstructedWetlands
S135 MINUMUM SPECIFICATION FOR SCREENING BELTS AND SHELTER BELTS FOR FARMYARDS AND FARM BUILDINGS
S136 Minimum Specification for Sheep Dipping and Handling Facilities
S136A ACCEPTED MOBILE SHEEP HANDLING FACILITIES
S137 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR CATTLE CRUSH, RACE AND ENCLOSURE
S144 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR LOOSE DRY SOW UNITS
S144A ACCEPTED PRE-FABRICATED WALL PANELS FOR PIG HOUSES
S146 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR WINTERING FACILITIES FOR SHEEP
S146A ACCEPTED PLASTIC SHEEP SLATS
S147 Minimum Specification for Calving Pens, Separation Pens, and Isolation Boxes
S148 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR FARM FENCING
– S148A Accepted Fencing Posts
S150 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR LAYING HEN HOUSES
S154B MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR DEER HANDLING FACILITIES
S156 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR HORSE FACILITIES AND FENCING
S157 ACCEPTED PROPRIETARY HORSE FACILITIES
S159 2010 Minimun Specification for Goat Housing
S160 MINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR BULL HOUSING
S171 RainMINIMUM SPECIFICATION FOR RAINWATER HARVESTING EQUIPMENT