The Built Environment

Organisation Contact

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is responsible for: 

  • Providing the essential legislative framework and policy guidance for housing
  • Improving conditions for increasing housing supply and particularly the supply of social and affordable housing
  • Planning permission application
  • Technical Guidance Documents
  • Thatching Grant
  • Social Housing Support
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
  • Dealing with the policy issues driving the sustainable development agenda.
  • Monitoring the preparation of County, City and Local Area Development Plans to ensure that they are consistent with the objectives of the Irish National Spatial Strategy

Local Authorities and An Bord Pleanála directly operate some of the systems.

Head Office

29-31 Adelaide Road


D02 X285

Tel +353 1 678 2000 
LoCall 1890 44 99 00 

Full contact details: 

The Environmental Protection Agency takes part in:

  • The Corine Land Cover project
  • Developing Environmental Indicators
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
  • Coordinates environmental research in this area

The latest State of the Environment EPA report can be found here.

PO Box 3000
Johnstown Castle Estate
Co. Wexford
Tel: 053-9160600
Lo Call: 1890 335599
Opening hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Reception hours: 9.00am to 5.30pm

Local Adminstration:


  • Operate as Local Building Control Authorities
  • Are responsible for Housing Services
Contact information for your local authority is on the local administration page.
The Heritage Council's role is to propose policies for the protection, preservation and enhancement of  things like monuments and architectural objects. Rothe House, Parliament St,
Tel 056 777 0777
Fax 056 777 0788 
An Bord Pleanala is responsible for planning appeals under a range of planning acts and is the planning authority for strategic infrastructure. It also deals with appeals under the Water Pollution Acts 1977 and 1990 and the Air Pollution Act 1987. 64 Marlborough Street ,
Dublin 1
Tel (01) 858 8100 or Lo-call 1890 275 175
Fax (01) 872 2684

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland runs programmes promoting good energy use in buildings like:

  • Low Carbon homes project
  • Renewable Heat (ReHeat) Deployment Programme
  • Building Energy Rating (BER) certificate
  • Home Energy Saving Scheme

 Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Dublin 9
Tel (01) 8369080
Fax (01) 8372848 


An Taisce is consulted on certain planning applications that could impact on Ireland ’s heritage assets. It aims to advocate for the public good. Local planning authorities refer the case for comment where it affects certain environmental elements.  An Taisce
The National Trust for Ireland
Tailors' Hall
Dublin 8
Tel (01) 454 1786
National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) is a section within the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The work of the NIAH involves identifying and recording the architectural heritage of Ireland, from 1700 to now.

Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government,
Dun Sceine, Harcourt Lane ,
Dublin 2.
Tele (01) 888 3109

Tidy Towns is a programme run by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The objective is to encourage communities to improve their local environment, making their area a better place to live, work and visit. Tele (01) 8882300


Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland are concerned with preserving and highlighting all ancient monuments and memorials connected with the history of Ireland.  63 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
Tel (01) 676 1749


National Disability Authority deals with issues of housing for disability. Providing housing documents and advisory publications. Responsibility for social housing is under the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and administered by local authorities.

National Disability Authority,
25 Clyde Road ,
Dublin 4
Tel (01) 6080400
Fax (01) 6609935

Pride of Place competition focuses on community involvement in all areas of rural and urban regeneration.

Maurice Inglis
Local Authority Programme
Co-operation Ireland
20 Herbert Place
Dublin 2
Tel (01) 661 0588

Cloughjordan EcoVillage

Main Street ,
North Tipperary ,
Email Dave at

Clonburris - South Dublin County Council has prepared a Plan for the development of the lands at Clonburris near Clondalkin. It will be held up as an example of best practice in sustainable development, place-making and urban design.  South Dublin County Council,
County Hall,
Dublin 24
Tel (01) 4149000

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (UK) advise policy on architecture urban design and public space.  Tel 044 20 7070 6700
Fax 044 20 7070 6777
Scottish Government Built Environment

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