Land use and planning: Environmental impact assessment (EIA)

Since 2 October 2006, Natural England has been responsible for administering the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2006. The new Regulations:

  • replace the previous rules and protect uncultivated and semi-natural land from damage caused by intensification of farming activities;

  • introduce EU-based rules which guard against environmental damage caused by large-scale restructuring of rural land (e.g. major addition or removal of field boundaries).

All enquiries concerning the regulations should be directed to Natural England at the contact details shown below.  

  • 20 July 2007 - Natural England has now made the Public Register available online. This register provides details of all screening decisions reached on applications submitted under the EIA (Agriculture) Regulations 2006 and will be updated regularly. See link to register and further information below.
  • 20 July 2007 - Natural England have produced an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document, which provides additional guidance on the EIA (Agriculture) Regulations and is available below. If you have any questions that are not answered by the FAQ, please phone the EIA Helpline on 0800 028 2140 or email:
Forms and guidance
  Ref No. Size
Frequently Asked Questions EIA FAQ 2007 (PDF) 50 KB (9 pages)
Guidance on the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (England) (No 2) Regulations 2006 EIA 2007 (PDF) 50 KB (14 pages)
Application for projects that increase the productivity for agriculture of uncultivated land or semi-natural areas EIA 1 (rev 07/2007)  
Application for projects that physically restructure rural land holdings EIA 1A (rev 07/2007)  
Past management information form EIA 2 (03/2007)  
Public Register

Paragraph 8(4)(b) of the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (England) (No.2) Regulations 2006 requires that Natural England must enter screening decisions in a register, to which the public must have access at all reasonable times. In order to meet this requirement, Natural England has made the Public Register available online for public access.

This register will be updated regularly and each revised version will clearly display the date of last modification. Any queries about the register should be directed to the EIA Unit of Natural England.


For more information on the EIA (Agriculture) Regulations, please see the following documents:

Alternatively, please contact the EIA Unit for project-specific guidance.  Contact details are shown below.


Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Unit
Natural England
Government Buildings
Burghill Road
Westbury on Trym
BS10 6NJ

Tel:  0800 028 2140
Fax:  0845 601 3438

EIA links

EIA (Scotland)
Administered by the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD).

EIA (Wales)
Administered by the National Assembly for Wales (NAW).

EIA (Northern Ireland)
Administered by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).

EIA Forestry Commission
Responsible for administering the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999.

Find your Local Council
Your local authority is responsible for administering the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999.

Other links

Natural England

Heather and Grass Burning

Agricultural Waste Regulations (EA)

Hedgerow Regulations

Cross Compliance

Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC)

Defra publications

Rural Payments Agency (RPA)

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

Single Payment Scheme (SPS)

Environment Agency (EA)

The Planning Inspectorate

Environmental Stewardship (Natural England)



Page last modified: 24 November 2008
Page published: 14 October 2002