Statutory Consents

​(Seismic Surveys and Exploration Drilling)

The Environment Advisory Unit (EAU) of the Department is responsible for carrying out environmental screening and any environmental assessments determined as being required following screening, in accordance with the requirements set out in Directive 2011/92/EU, as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU (EIA Directive) and Directive 92/43/EEC (Habitats Directive)  in respect of applications made to the Minister for permission to undertake 'activities' under an exploration licence or petroleum prospecting licence, or applications made to the Minister for the approval of the 'working of petroleum' under a petroleum lease.

In respect of applications made to the Minister for permission to undertake 'activities' under an exploration licence or petroleum prospecting licence, Regulations 3 and 4 of the European Union (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Petroleum Exploration) Regulations 2013 (S.I. 134 of 2013), as amended by the European Union (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Petroleum Exploration) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 124 of 2019) provide for the EIA screening and assessment procedures.

In respect of applications made to the Minister by holders of a petroleum lease granted under Section 13 of the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act 1960 (the 1960 Act) for approval of the 'working of petroleum', Sections 13A and 13B of the 1960 Act provide for the EIA screening and assessment procedures.

The European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 – 15, as amended (Birds and Natural Habitats Regulations) give effect to the Habitats Directive as a matter of Irish law and require, inter alia, that a public authority carry out screening for Appropriate Assessment of a plan or project for which an application for consent is received.  The EAU is responsible for carrying out AA screening assessments (and any required Stage 2 Appropriate Assessment) in accordance with the Regulations, in respect of applications to the Minister for permission to undertake 'activities' under an exploration licence or petroleum prospecting licence, and in respect of applications made to the Minister for the approval of the 'working of petroleum' under a petroleum lease.

Applicants should have regard to recent EU guidance documents available at ec.europa.eu in preparing their applications

Applications (two hard and one soft copy) should be sent to the Petroleum Affairs Division, 29-321 Adelaide Road, Dublin D02 X285 / PADLicensing@dccae.gov.ie, along with evidence that the required statutory consultees have been notified in accordance with the Rules and Procedues for Offshore Petroleum Exploation and Appraisal Operations May 2014.  On receipt of an application, the Petroleum Affairs Division in DCCAE places the application on the DCCAE website for consultation and refers the application, and any associated responses to the consultation, to the EAU for the purposes of carrying out its assessments.

On the completion of all environmental assessments by the EAU and after incorporating any suggested conditions which may be recommended by the EAU, the application will then be evaluated by the Petroleum Affairs Division in the Department who will make a recommendation to the Minister of State regarding whether consent should be given for the 'activities' / 'working of petroleum' applied for.

Prescribed Bodies List for Notification of Survey Activities