Architectural Heritage Advisory Service
The Architectural Heritage Advisory Service assists the Minister for Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in key statutory functions including the Minister’s role under Part IV of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) and the National Monuments Acts 1930-2004. Functions include:
- The issue of guidelines to planning authorities concerning development objectives for protecting structures and for preserving the character of architectural conservation areas, and the criteria to be applied when selecting proposed protected structures for inclusion in the record of protected structures. The current version of these guidelines was published in 2011.
- The provision of architectural heritage recommendations and advice on development proposals under the Minister’s role as a prescribed body under the Planning and Development Regulations. The advisory service is principally available to planning authorities. Where owners or developers raise issues in relation to individual structures, they are referred in the first instance to the planning and architectural conservation officers of the relevant planning authority. The advice extends to making observations on draft development plans, local area plans and Strategic Environmental Assessment of plans and programmes.
- The provision of architectural heritage recommendations to the National Monuments Service with regard to certain structures protected under the National Monuments Acts.
The Architectural Heritage Advisory Service also advises on the implications for architectural heritage of legislative and policy proposals by other government departments and agencies, and provides support for the Architectural Conservation Officer network at local authority level.