O'Connell Street

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On the 11th of January 2016, Dublin City Council approved the ‘Scheme of Special Planning Control for O’Connell Street and Environs 2016’. This revises and updates the earlier 2009 Scheme and shall remain in operation for six years.

The Scheme sets out development objectives for this Area of Special Planning Control relating to both the preservation and enhancement of the area. The Scheme includes objectives / provisions relating to the following:

  • control of the use or uses of buildings in the area,
  • promotion of a balanced range of uses and an intensification of land use,
  • control of advertisements and the upgrading or changing of shopfronts,
  • protection, repair and maintenance of the historic fabric of the area,
  • promotion of a high quality and inclusive public realm.

The geographical extent of the Area of Special Planning Control is identical to that of the O’Connell Street Architectural Conservation Area. The Scheme should be read in conjunction with the Architectural Conservation Area document. 

Copies of the approved Scheme are available at the Public Counter at Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 from Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.  

Further to review of the original 2003 scheme and 2009 scheme, the current scheme was adopted in January 2016. The purpose is to guide private investment toward the creation of a busy thriving commercial area in O’Connell Street and environs, while protecting the area’s architectural, cultural, civic and historic character. The document should be read in conjunction with the 'O'Connell Street Architectural Conservation Area' plan and the document 'Grafton Street & Environs Architectural Conservation Area'. Read more about these   Architectural Conservation Area Plans. 

For more information

Dublin City Council
Conservation Section
Block 3, Floor 3
Civic Offices
Wood Quay
Dublin 8

Office Hours: 9.00am to 4.30pm. Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Tel: (01) 222 3962, (01) 222 3927, (01) 222 5093
Email: conservation@dublincity.ie

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