Advice on completing Online Single Application 2020

Date published: 26 February 2020

From 02 March 2020 farm businesses can access DAERA’s online Single Application and Map Service and Entitlement Transfer Service. The Entitlement Transfer Service will close on 4 May 2020. Single Applications must be submitted online by 15 May 2020 to avoid a late claim penalty.

SAF 2020 Key Dates.

The Single Application is the method for claiming any of the following schemes:  

  • Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Greening Payment
  • Young Farmers’ Payment (YFP)
  • Regional Reserve Entitlement allocation or top up (as a Young Farmer or New Entrant)
  • Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS)
  • Farm Woodland Premium Scheme (FWPS)
  • Farm Woodland Scheme (FWS)
  • Forest Expansion Scheme (Annual Premia)

Farm businesses should also use the Single Application and Map Service to notify DAERA of any changes to your land.

Allow adequate time to check all your information to ensure it is correct and to avoid unnecessary penalties. Remember completing your Single Application is one of the most important things you will do this year.

How do I apply?

Log on to DAERA Online Services to complete and submit your Single Application or your Entitlements transfer.

If you have not logged into DAERA Online Services recently, it is important that you do so as soon as possible to ensure your access permissions are still valid and to allow time to take any action required to verify these.

Help Options

If you need some help, you have plenty of options:

Online Help: The Single Application and Map Service has built in help  and warning messages to help you get it right as you complete your application.

Download guidance documents and ‘how to’ videos on the DAERA website from Monday 2 March 2020.

‘How to Complete your Single Application’ Workshops

DAERA will be running a series of free workshops in Enniskillen, Cookstown and Antrim where you can learn how to complete your application.  Further venues in the North West and South East may be considered, subject to demand.   Many who attend choose to complete their application on the night. The workshops are aimed at farmers with limited or no previous computer experience. You can book a place by contacting 028 7131 9955. This is an appointment only service so call us early to secure your place.

Single Application Advisory Service

During the application period, you can call our Single Application Advisory Service on 0300 200 7848 or use the convenient webchat facility within the application. You can also email us on Our advisors will be ready to help you to complete your online application or entitlements transfer. These services are available Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

If the Single Application Advisor considers that you need further assistance, they may be able to arrange an appointment for you in your local DAERA Direct Office where staff can help as you complete your application online. This is a limited appointment only service so you should first ring the Single Application Advisory Service.

Agents / Authorised Person

Alternatively, you can use the services of an agent or trusted person that you know such as a relative or friend, who can be given online access to complete the application on your behalf. You will need to complete a form to nominate an authorised person if you have not previously done so. You can download this form from the DAERA website, request one from a DAERA Direct Office or your agent may provide this for you.  

Whichever help service you choose to use, we recommend that you take action early to secure the help that you need as demand may be high throughout the application period. Don’t risk any delay that could affect your payment.

Keep up to date with scheme news and reminders on key dates

You can opt in to receive emails and SMS text messages to keep up to date with scheme news and reminders on key dates.  You can do this by updating your preferences on the ‘Personal Details’ page of your DAERA Online Services account.  You can also opt in for SMS texts by texting ABS to 67300. You can opt out of this service at any time.

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