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Protected Structures

Speers Letterkenny

Speer's, Main Street, Letterkenny


A Protected Structure is a structure that a local authority considers to be special architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical interest. Protection is given to these structures under Part IV of the Planning and Development Act 2000. Each owner and occupier of a Protected Structure is legally obliged to ensure the structure is preserved. The obligation to preserve a Protected Structure applies to all parts of the structure, including its interior, all land around it and any other structures on that land. The obligation also applies to all fixtures and fittings forming part of the interior of a Protected Structure or any structure on land around it. Each owner and occupier must ensure that a Protected Structure or any element of a Protected Structure is not endangered through harm, decay or damage, whether over a short or long period, through neglect or through direct or indirect means. See the heritage publications section of The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage for more details.


Protected Structures (Booklet) 

A Guide to Architectural Heritage


 Protected Structures & Consent for Works

The planning authorities should be consulted before before any work to a Protected Structure takes place and note that planning permission may be required for works that are normally considered exempted development.  The Record of Protected Structures is maintained and administered by, and consent for works should be sought from:


Conservation Officer
Central Planning Unit,
Donegal County Council,
County House,
County Donegal.

Telephone: (074) 915 3900