Conservation Officer Service

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The Conservation Officer is the Council’s advisor on the protection of Protected Structures and historic neighbourhoods. The Officer’s role includes advising on planning applications, Architectural Conservation Area (ACA) proposals and forward planning proposals.

The role of the Conservation Officer

  • Providing in-house architectural conservation expertise to Council departments on the implementation of statutory provisions of planning legislation that relate to architectural heritage planning, files, projects and policy.
  • Examining the evolution of the city and promoting an understanding of the historic city context which gives Dublin its unique character.
  • Advising owners of protected structures in relation to the built heritage, best conservation practice and appropriate repairs e.g. pre-planning consultations; production of guidance notes; participation in or organisation of seminars; supervision of specific built heritage projects. 
  • Promoting and assisting the repair and re-use of the Council’s own historic buildings or protected structures.
  • Identifying, attracting and in some cases administering funding for architectural heritage from a number of sources.
  • Raising awareness of the role and profile of the Council in the protection of architectural heritage through participation in and organization of events, seminars, conferences, lectures, awards and CPD courses.
  • Advising management on national and European architectural conservation legislation and regulation, and contributing to the review and development of a conservation policy for inclusion in the City’s Development Plan.
  • Engaging with state agencies, national bodies, voluntary groups and European organisations in relation to works or projects impacting on the architectural heritage.

Government Policy on Architecture 2009 – 2015

The Conservation Officer is guided by the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015, launched in 2009 to ‘place a greater emphasis on the role of architectural and urban-design quality in the design of the built environment’.


  • Strategy for Architecture; the Need for Evidence and Research Capacity
  • Leading by Example
  • Architecture and the Wider Environment
  • Developing the Demand for Quality 
  • Implementation & Review

These principles set the approach for Government 2009 – 2015 and 45 actions were structured around 15 key statements.

Conservation Officer

Telephone: 2223530