Area-based schemes 2015 information and guidance

The reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has resulted in changes to Area-based schemes from 2015. Some schemes will continue to run for existing claimants, others will cease to exist and a number of new schemes have or will be introduced.

Information and guidance

The links below provide detailed information about the 2015 area-based schemes:

DARD identification numbers

The guide DARD identification numbers for business customers, herd and flock keepers explains the different categories of identification numbers, their importance and use.

Business change notification

The Category 1 - Business Change Notification Booklet provides information about different types of business changes ans their impact for the new schemes under CAP reform introduced on 1 January 2015.

Application process and online tools

There is a range of guidance available to help with the completion of the 2015 Single Application:

How to complete you 2015 Single Application online



Guidance on Young Farmers' Payment

Regional Reserve

Negative List

Areas of Natural Constraint

Cross Compliance

Information on cross compliance

Review of decisions

DARD's Review of decisions procedure

Area based schemes contact details

If you have a specific query you can contact us using the email addresses or telephone number below. If you have a Farm Business Identification Number please quote it on all correspondence or have it to hand before you call.

You can send your query by post to:

Area-Based Schemes Payment Branch
Orchard House
40 Foyle Street
BT48 6AT

or you can visit your DARD Direct regional office  Public office opening hours are 9.00am - 4.00pm each working day.

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