Planning Portal

Renewable Energy: Wind farms

This page provides the following advice on planning permission for wind farms:

Key Information

Planning permission is required for all wind farms.


Planning permission is required for all wind farms.

Information leaflet

Detailed information is available on the Wind Farm Development Information Leaflet.

Applying for planning permission

Planning applications for wind turbines should be submitted on the P1 form. The application must also be accompanied by the appropriate maps and drawings. Planning application forms, fees and explanatory notes can be found on our application forms and fees page.
Applications for wind farms that will be connected to the National Grid are dealt with by the Renewable Energy team in Planning Service Headquarters.
Applications for developments ancillary to windfarms, such as meteorological masts or overhead lines will also be dealt with at Headquarters.
Renewable Energy Team
Strategic Projects and Design Division
Planning Service Headquarters
Millennium House
17-25 Great Victoria Street
Fax No. (028) 90416802

Environmental Impact Assessment

If an Environmental Statement is not submitted voluntarily with an application, most wind farm applications will require that the Dept. carry out an Environmental Impact Determination under Schedule 2 (3) (j) of The Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 Opens link in a new browser window as amended by The Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 Opens link in a new browser window.
Most applications for single large turbines or wind farms that produce energy for the National Grid need to be accompanied by an Environmental Statement. Each application will be judged on its own merits and additional information will depend on the individual circumstances, in accordance with planning policy and other material considerations.

Relevant Policies

Off-shore wind farm proposals

Planning Service has no jurisdiction over off-shore wind farm proposals. This is the reponsibilitity of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment,
On-shore ancillary development to serve off-shore windfarms (e.g. powerlines or substations) will be dealt with by Planning Service.
Draft PPS 14 was withdrawn in November 2008. Draft PPS 21 (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 345 KB) sets out the new planning policies for development in the countryside.

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