The Regulatory Framework Applying to Peat Extraction – A Guidance Document

From Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications 

Published on 17 January 2022

Prepared by Des Johnson and Padraic Thornton (Planning and Environmental Consultants)

Guidance document commissioned by Department and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

This document contains information regarding the regulatory framework (primarily that aspect which relates to the Planning System) which applies to peat extraction at the time of publication, January 2022.

It addresses the differing regulatory requirements which apply to peat extraction at specific thresholds (in terms of hectarage), the relevant application and appeals processes, and the opportunity/requirement for public participation in the consent process.

The Guide includes tables indicating the regulatory requirements for new and extended peat extraction areas, and for various scenarios which may arise in existing peat extraction areas.

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