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Built Heritage

Mayo has a rich architectural heritage in its towns and villages, and dotted around the countryside. This heritage includes elegant country houses, old mills, thatched cottages, churches, and bridges.

In 1998 the government launched a comprehensive package of measures aimed at protecting our built heritage. At the heart of the system is a statutory requirement that the protection of buildings of artistic, architectural or historic interest be a mandatory objective of each Local Authority’s Development Plan.

Protected Structures are defined as structures, or parts of structures that are of special interest from an architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical point of view. The ‘structure’ includes the interior of the structure, the surrounding land or ‘curtilage’ of the structure, any other structures lying within that curtilage.

Owners of protected buildings are required to ensure that buildings do not become endangered and Local Authorities are empowered to direct that necessary conservation works be carried out and have compulsory purchase powers to intervene in extreme cases of neglect.

Photo of Clapper Bridge

This is a simple guide to understanding the protection of structures of special architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical interest under the Local Government (Planning and Development) Acts, 1963 to 1999.

The guide is intended as a practical guide. It is not a definitive legal interpretation of planning law. For further information, consult your Local Authority.

The list of protected structures and a description of each is contained in the Mayo County Council, County Development Plan 2003–2009, Appendix: IX, Record of Protected Structures, available from the Planning Department of the Council.

Deirdre Cunningham

Heritage Officer
Mayo County Council
Áras an Chontae

Phone: 094 9024444

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