A Guide to ACA's in Co Louth

Architectural Conservation Areas

An architectural conservation area is a place, area, group of structures or townscape which is of special architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical interest in its own rights, or contributes to the appreciation of protected structures. This could include, for example, a terrace of houses, buildings surrounding a square, or any group of buildings which together give a special character to an area. In a rural setting an architectural conservation area could include for example a group of structures associated with a mill or with a country house estate. An architectural conservation area could also include protected structures.

The planning authority may designate an area as an architectural conservation area in its Development Plan to ensure that its character is preserved.

Planning permission will normally be required before works can be carried out to the exterior of a structure in an architectural conservation area.