Northern Ireland Planning Service

Renewable Energy: Wind turbines

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

Introduction

Key Information

Planning permission is required for all wind turbines
Planning permission is required for all wind turbines. This includes turbines for:
  • domestic purposes
  • hospitals
  • factories
  • farms
  • schools
  • serving other individual buildings

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. Planning application forms, fees and explanatory notes can be found on our application forms and fees page.
Applications for domestic and specific (e.g. hospitals, factories or farms) Wind Turbines should be submitted to your Local Divisional Planning Office.

Fees

The fee for this type of application is found under Category 5 of our fee schedule. As at August 2009 this amounts to '£230 for each 0.1 hectare of the site area subject to a maximum of £11,500'. The full fees schedule, application forms and explanatory notes can be found on our application forms and fees page.

Relevant Policies

Environmental Impact Assessment

If an Environmental Statement is not submitted voluntarily with an application, most turbine 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
In many cases (for example less than 2 turbines or where the hub height does not exceed 15 metres) applications for individual turbines for domestic purposes will not require to be accompanied by an Environmental Statement but you should contact your local divisional planning office for further information .
Where it is determined that an Environmental Statement is not required, the Department may nonetheless require the applicant to provide additional information to enable it to process the application – e.g. a noise assessment, ecological study or information on interference with emergency fixed links.
Each application will be judged on its own merits and additional information will depend on the individual circumstances. For example:
  • site location,
  • turbine height,
  • site designations such as A.O.N.B's or Conservation Areas.

Renewable Energy Grants

Grants for renewable energy schemes are administered through Action Renewables Opens link in a new browser window (Tel: 028 9068 5093).
Note
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.