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Architectural Conservation Service

Donegal County Council’s Architectural Conservation Unit is responsible for making additions to the Record of Protected Structures (RPS). The unit also aids the owners or guardians of structures on the RPS, the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) or within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs) with conservation advice and direction.


The Architectural Conservation Unit also administers grants for the structures listed above, further details are included below on this page.


You can check if your property is on the RPS or in an ACA using the Planning Map Search at


You can check if your property is on the NIAH at


Please provide your RPS, ACA or NIAH reference number in all correspondence to enable us to deal with your query.


You can contact the Architectural Conservation Unit at [email protected]






Donegal has a rich and varied built heritage which includes piers, coastguard stations and lighthouses together with Napoleonic-era signal towers dotted along coastline and forts and batteries along the Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle; larger country houses and estates are concentrated in the more fertile landscapes of the county; important public buildings and a legacy of religious buildings ranging from early ecclesiastical sites such as the place of pilgrimage at Lough Derg to the modern churches designed by Liam McCormick.

With the success of the Wild Atlantic Way and with Donegal being named as ‘The coolest place on the planet’ by the National Geographic Traveller Magazine, Donegal’s heritage has a key part to play in promoting economic prosperity not only in terms of the key visitor attractions and iconic structures such as Fanad Lighthouse and Glenveagh Castle, but also by contributing to the attractiveness of the County in terms of its living and working conditions.


Donegal County Council advocates through legislation, working with various organisations and the wider general public, that together we can work to protect our irreplaceable heritage asset.







Section 57 Declaration


Owners or occupiers of a Protected Structuremay request a ‘declaration’ under Section 57 of the Act. The purpose of this declaration is for Planning Authorities to clarify in writing the kind of works that would or would not materially affect the character of the structure or any element of the structure which contributes to its special interest. The issuing of a declaration is a service that the Planning Authority provides at no cost to the owner or occupant of a protected structure. The Planning Authority has twelve weeks from the receipt of a request for a Section 57 to have it completed.



For more information contact Acting Conservation Officer

email:         [email protected]

Telephone: 074 9153900