The consenting process for renewable energy projects can be complex. SEAI's Single Point of Contact aims to simplify this process.

Who are SEAI?

SEAI is Ireland's national sustainable energy authority. We work with householders, businesses, communities and government to create a cleaner energy future.

Under Statutory Instrument No. 350 of 2022, SEAI has been designated as the Single Point of Contact for Renewable Energy Guidance. This is compliance with Article 16 of the 2018 recast Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) (EU) 2018/2001 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.

For the purposes of renewable energy consenting, our role is to make the consenting process easier to understand for renewable energy project developers.

Our responsibilities to you

Our role is to help you to find the licences and permits relevant to your renewable energy project. We help to:

  • Make the requirements of the consenting process more understandable
  • Outline the licences and permits you may need for your project and where to go to apply for them

We also operate an email and phone service to answer any further questions you may have in relation to the consenting process. It is important to note that SEAI has no decision making role within the consenting process itself. For any technical advice, please consult your project team.

The content of this website is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other advice. Any guidance given by the SEAI shall not be considered as advice of the SEAI. You should always consult your own professional advisors (e.g. your solicitor) before making any decisions relating your planned project or committing any expenditure to your planned project.

Issuing body responsibilities

Licences and permits are issued by a range of granting agencies in Ireland. Once you have identified the licences and permits you need, you will be directed to the relevant issuing body's website to apply.

These bodies are responsible for the full process, which includes:

  • Handling your application and related fees
  • Any advice functions they may offer
  • Issuing the licence
  • Complaints

Find licences and permits

View the licences and permits related to your project. See more details on each licence and the issuing body.

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