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Planing Permission for wind turbines – exemptions

In Ireland, certain wind turbines for domestic, agricultural, and industrial or business purposes are permitted without planning permission. (08/2019)

The regulations are made by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Rules for the wind turbine in a domestic setting:

  • The turbine shall not be erected on or attached to the house or any building or other structure within its curtilage.
  • The total height of the turbine shall not exceed 13 meters.
  • The rotor diameter shall not exceed 6 meters.
  • The minimum clearance between the lower tip of the rotor and ground level shall not be less than 3 meters.
  • The supporting tower shall be a distance of not less than the total structure height (including the blade of the turbine at the highest point of its arc) plus one meter from any party boundary.
  • Noise levels must not exceed 43db(A) during normal operation, or in excess of 5db(A) above the background noise, whichever is greater, as measured from the nearest neighbouring inhabited dwelling.
  • No more than one turbine shall be erected within the curtilage of a house.
  • No such structure shall be constructed, erected or placed forward of the front wall of a house.
  • All turbine components shall have a matt, non-reflective finish and the blade shall be made of material that does not deflect telecommunication signals.
  • No sign, advertisement or object, not required for the functioning or safety of the turbine shall be attached to or exhibited on the wind turbine.

This exemption may not apply if the installation is deemed to interfere with the character of a landscape or a view of special amenity. That rule is for agricultural and industrial setting as well.

Similar rules are for the wind turbine in an agricultural setting:

  • The turbine must not be attached to a building.
  • One only turbine per site.
  • Total height must not exceed 20m.
  • Rotor diameter must not exceed 8m.
  • 3m minimum clearance required between the ground and lowest point of blades.
  • Turbine mast must be one and a half times the total maximum height of the assembly (including turbine and blades) plus 1m from the nearest party boundary or non-electrical overhead lines.
  • Turbine mast must be the total maximum height of the assembly including the turbine and blades plus 20m from the nearest 38kV electricity distribution line.
  • Turbine mast must be the total maximum height of the assembly including turbine and blades plus 30m from the centreline of the nearest transmission line i.e. 110kV plus.
  • The turbine must not be within 100m of an existing turbine.
  • Noise levels must not exceed 43db(A) at the nearest inhabited dwelling.
  • No advertising can be placed on the turbine and the turbine must be matt finished.
  • The blades must not interfere with telecoms signals.
  • Consent must be sought from the Irish Aviation Authority if the turbine is to be within 5km of an airport

Permission exception rules for wind turbine in an industrial or business setting

  • The turbine must not be attached to a building.
  • One only turbine per site.
  • Total height must not exceed 20m.
  • Rotor diameter must not exceed 8m.
  • 3m minimum clearance required between the ground and lowest point of blades.
  • Turbine mast must be the total maximum height of the assembly including the turbine and blades plus 5m from the nearest party boundary or non-electrical overhead lines.
  • Turbine mast must be the total maximum height of the assembly including the turbine and blades plus 20m from the nearest 38kV electricity distribution line.
  • Turbine mast must be the total maximum height of the assembly including turbine and blades plus 30m from the centreline of the nearest transmission line i.e. 110kV plus.
  • Noise levels must not exceed 43db(A) or 5 db(A) above background noise at the nearest inhabited neighboring dwelling.
  • No advertising can be placed on the turbine and the turbine must be matt finished.• The blades must not interfere with telecoms signals.
  • Consent must be sought from the Irish Aviation Authority if the turbine is to be within 5km of an airport.
  • The area must not be within an Architectural Conservation Area.

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