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The Conservation Office of Dublin City Council is responsible for the protection of the architectural heritage of the City as defined by the Planning and Development Act 2000 (amended 2010). This work is achieved through the following:

  • Protection of Architectural Conservation Areas and structures which are included in the Record of Protected Structures.

  • Provision of professional advice to owners of protected structures on conservation issues. 

  • Provision of professional advice on planning applications, Architectural Conservation Area (ACA) proposals and forward planning proposals.

  • Provision of advice to the Enforcement Section regarding unauthorised development and endangerment of Protected Structures.

  • Provision of advice on conservation policy within the council and input to the Development Plan.

  • Management of the Record of Protected Structures.

Designation of Architectural Conservation Areas.

On 10 June 2020, Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, announced that 449 successful applicants will benefit from in excess of €4.3m under this year’s Historic Structures Fund (HSF) and Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS).

Projects are located in each of the 31 local authorities. A list of the successful projects is available here.

The Living City Initiative

The Living City initiative focuses on the regeneration of retail and commercial districts and encouraging people to live in the historic centres of Cork,Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford.

The aim of the Living City initiative is to bring life back into the heart of the relevant cities by offering tax relief for qualifying expenditure incurred on the refurbishment or conversion of certain buildings where conditions are met.


For more information

Conservation Section
Development Department
Dublin City Council
Block 3, Floor 3
Civic Offices
Dublin 8

Tel: (01) 222 6564, (01) 222 6458, (01) 222 3926, (01) 222 3927
Fax: (01) 222 2271