Architectural Heritage

County Louth has a rich and diverse architectural heritage. The protection of this heritage is under the Planning and Development Acts 2000 (as amended). It is a statutory requirement that the protection of buildings of artistic, architectural, historical, cultural, archaeological, scientific, technical or social interest be a mandatory objective of each local authority's Development Plan. 

Owners and occupiers of protected buildings are required to ensure that buildings do not become endangered through harm, decay or damage.

Protected Structures

Each planning authority is obliged to have a Record of Protected Structures (RPS).
The Record of Protected Structures (RPS) is part of the County Development Plan and can be found here.

New - Conservation Advice Pilot Grant Scheme

The scheme, announced by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, will provide grants of €3,000 (ex. VAT) to cover the cost of having a conservation-accredited architect visit a protected structure, conduct a survey, and compile tailored conservation advice for the property owner. The report will suggest a maintenance schedule for the building, and outline repairs and improvements which would enhance the building’s character, integrity, and amenity.

 The aim of the scheme is to help owners of protected structures to understand the value and potential of the architectural heritage of their buildings, and to prompt them to consider investments which could enhance that value, whether funded privately or through conservation grants.

Applicants must complete the form attached and submit it to  by Friday, September 30th using the subject line ‘Conservation Advice Pilot Scheme’. Alternatively, applicants may submit their form by post to Conservation Advice Pilot Scheme, Built Heritage Policy Unit, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, 1.06 Custom House, D01 W6X0 by the same date.

 Successful applicants will be selected by lottery and provided by the Department with a list of conservation architects participating in the scheme. The applicant will then select an architect from the list and arrange a site visit. Based on the site visit the architect will compile a report using the Conservation Advice Template attached. The completed report will be provided to both the building owner and the Department. The Department will use the reports only for the purpose of approving the grant payment, in line with the Data Privacy Statement attached. The Department will make grant payments directly to the architect on receipt and approval of the required Conservation Advice and invoice.

Conservation Advice Pilot - Application Form

Conservation Advice Pilot - Brief for Applicants

Conservation Advice Pilot - Privacy Statement

Sceim Phiolotach Chomhairle Caomhantais - Foirm-Iarratais

Sceim Phiolotach Chomhairle Caomhantais - Raiteas Priobhaideachais

Sceim Phiolotach Chomhairle Caomhantais - Treoir d'Iarratasoiri

Protected Structures - Advice Series

A series of links to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage publications and statutory guidance, relevant legislation, local contacts, resources and reports which may be of assistance to you as an owner or as an agent working on a protected or any historic structure. The most important documents are the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended); the Planning and Development Regulations, 2001 (as amended); and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s guidance document Architectural Heritage Protection – Guidance for Planning Authorities (2011).

Government Advice

Maintenance: A Guide to the Care of Older Buildings, 2007

Windows: A Guide to the Repair of Historic Windows, 2007

Thatch: A Guide to the Repair of Thatched Roofs, 2015

Bricks: A Guide to the Repair of Historic Brickwork, 2009

Iron: A Guide to the Repair of Wrought and Cast Ironwork, 2009

Energy: Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings, 2010

Roofs: A Guide to the Repair of Historic Roofs, 2010

Ruins: The Conservation and Repair of Masonry Ruins, Government of Ireland, 2010

Access: Improving the accessibility of Historic Buildings and Places, 2011

Places of Worship: The Conservation of Places of Worship, 2011

Paving: The Conservation of Historic Ground Surfaces, 2015

Disaster: A Guide to Preparedness

Section 57 Declaration

The Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended) provides that notwithstanding section 4(1)(a), (h), (i),  (j), (k), or (l) and any regulations made under section 4(2) of the Act,  the carrying out of works to a protected structure, or a proposed protected structure, shall be exempted development only if those works would not materially affect the character of: 

(a) the structure, or

 (b) any element of the structure which contributes to its special architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical interest.

 As an owner or occupier of a protected structure you are entitled under the above Act to make a written request to the Planning Authority to issue a Declaration as to the type of works which it considers would or would not materially affect the character of the structure or of any element (as set out in Section 57(3) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended) of that structure.

S57 Declaration Application Form

 Online Planning and Maps 

Traditional Building & Conservation Skills: Register of Practitioners, Irish Georgian Society available here

The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) surveyed the Architectural Heritage of Louth in 2005.
Highlights from this survey were published in 2008 as 'An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of County Louth' and is available from bookshops.

 Architectural Heritage

Price €12

Please see also Louth Heritage

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