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

Phytophthora ramorum is sometimes known as sudden oak death.

This applies to:

  • a facility handling roundwood derived from Phytophthora affected wood from infected sites
  • a facility handling co-product, residue and plant debris from the processing of infected wood
  • mobile processing plants operating in-forest

How to apply

You need to complete a processing licence application form and submit it to the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).

Your facility will be inspected.

The licence will state:

  • the facility to which is applies (including a map)
  • the period for which it is valid

Once a licence is granted your facility will be known as an Authorised Processing Facility.

The owner or manager of the wood processing facility must apply for the licence.


Conditions may also be attached to the licence regarding your facility and bio-security measures.

To transport Phytophthora infected wood you need a separate movement licence.