Special Planning Control Schemes

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A Special Planning Control Scheme is a mechanism that allows Dublin City Council to specify development objectives for the preservation or enhancement of an area considered to be of special architectural importance.

How a Special Planning Control Scheme is created

Dublin City Council must follow these steps to create a scheme:

  1. Identify an area of special architectural importance.
  2. Publish a public notice in national newspapers stating that this area is proposed for a Special Planning Control Scheme.
  3. Invite submission from the public about the proposed scheme.
  4. Sent the proposed scheme to the City Council for approval.

Explore the Special Planning Control Schemes

Download the Grafton Street & Environs Special Planning Control Scheme  (PDF 2.4mb) Or contact us at the address below to request a copy

On 2nd September 2019, Dublin City Council approved the ‘Scheme of Special Planning Control for Grafton Street and Environs 2019’. This revises and updates the earlier 2013 Scheme and sets out development objectives for this Area of Special Planning Control relating to both the preservation and enhancement of the area which covers the whole of Grafton Street, from its junction with College Green to St. Stephen’s Green, including parts of St. Stephen’s Green North and South King Street.

Download the O’Connell Street & Environs Special Planning Control Scheme  (PDF 5.86MB) 
 Or contact us at the address below to request a copy

This scheme was adopted in 2003 and was reviewed and adopted in 2009.The purpose is to guide private investment toward the creation of a busy thriving commercial area that is in harmony with the street's architectural, cultural, civic and historic character.

Download the O’Connell Street Architectural Conservation Area Executive Summary  (PDF 281Kb) 
Or contact us at the address below to request a copy

This scheme created the O’Connell Street & Environs Architectural Conservation Area in 2001. This area was designated because of its special architectural importance, as well as its historical and civic importance.

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