Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Mining and quarrying disturbs the land, plants and animals at the site.
Your mine or quarry can play an important role in helping to conserve habitats and species. When you restore a site, you can provide new and sometimes rare habitats for plants and animals.
You must prevent or repair any damage your activities could have on:
If you have protected species on your site, you may need consent to move them. For further information, see our nature conservation guidance.
If your activities cause or could cause environmental damage to biodiversity, see our guidance on environmental damage to biodiversity.
Before you do anything to any tree at your site check with your local council, or local planning office in Northern Ireland, whether the trees are protected by a tree preservation order (TPO).
If you remove, prune, cut down, lop, top or ring bark a tree covered by a TPO without planning permission you are committing an offence.
If your site is in a conservation area the trees will automatically be protected.
You should check your site for:
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
The NetRegs team at SEPA, in partnership with The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs. More are coming! Check the available topics
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