Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Codes of good agricultural practice

Codes of good agricultural practice to protect air, soil and water

There are codes of practice to help farmers protect their land and the environment from pollution. The codes are not law. However, whether you comply with the codes may be taken into account in any legal proceedings following a pollution incident.

Complying with the codes could greatly help your business

Northern Ireland

DAERA: Code of good agricultural practice for the prevention of pollution of water, air and soil

DAERA: The Code of Good Agricultural Practice for the Reduction of Ammonia Emissions


Scottish Government: Prevention of Environmental Pollution from Agricultural Activities PEPFAA code 2005

The 'DOs and DON'Ts' guide is an abbreviated version of the PEPFAA Code.

Scottish Government: PEPFAA DOs and DON'Ts guide

You can obtain a free printed copy of the PEPFAA Code and the 'DOs and DON'Ts Guide'   from your local Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate (SGRPID) area office.

Scottish Government: SGRPID area offices


SEE ALSO: Cross compliance and agri-environment schemes, Northern Ireland: Nitrate action programme, Scotland: Nitrate Vulnerable zones

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