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You need a licence to transport any wood infected with Phytophthora ramorum in Northern Ireland.

This includes transporting:

  • roundwood derived from Phytophthora affected wood from an infected site to an authorised processing facility (APF)
  • co-product, residue and plant debris from one APF to another

An APF is a wood processing facility that holds a processing licence from the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).

Phytophthora ramorum is sometimes known as sudden oak death.

How to apply

The owner of the affected wood or their manager, agent or representative must apply for the licence.

You must complete an application form and submit it to DARD with a map of the location where the wood is kept. An inspection of the site may be made.

The licence will state:

  • the premises to which it applies (woodland or processing site including a map)
  • the period for which it is valid
  • the estimated number of loads to be dispatched


Conditions may also be attached to the licence regarding the site or bio-security measures.

Each load transported must be accompanied by:

  • a copy of the licence
  • a movement licence schedule