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.

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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