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Built Heritage and Archaeology

This section of the website provides information on built architectural heritage and archaeology as it relates to the planning system.  

Built heritage is protected through the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and some older properties are also protected through archaeological legislation (see below). The Cork City Development Plan 2015-2021 ( is a key document, as it not only includes the Record of Protected Structures and Architectural Conservation Areas but also includes objectives to ensure the conservation and enhancement of the architectural heritage through the planning process and the City Council’s own custodianship and actions. The Conservation officer is responsible for providing expert advice on architectural heritage to the planning process and managing the conservation grants scheme. 

Cork City also has a rich archaeological heritage and its archaeological assets are legally protected through the National Monuments Acts, the National Cultural Institutions Acts and the Planning and Development Acts. The Cork City Development Plan 2015-2021 includes specific objectives to protect the archaeological heritage. 

The Cork City Heritage Plan 2007-2012 is also an important document as it sets out actions to protect, conserve and manage the heritage of Cork City, including its built, natural and cultural heritage. If you require more general information on heritage then please refer to the City Council’s Heritage Website. The Heritage Officer is responsible for leading on the implementation of this plan. 

Information in this section is set out in the following sections: 

Historical Development of Cork

Conservation of Cork’s Architectural Heritage

Record of Protected Structures

Architectural Conservation Areas

Cork’s Archaeological Assets

Archaeology and Development

Archaeological projects and publications

Heritage Plan and Projects