Our role in the Planning Process

The Heritage Council provides independent advice, advocacy and programmes on a wide range of critical environmental planning matters at local county, regional, national and international level.


The Heritage Council’s statutory role in relation to the Irish Planning System is to support all levels of government and to support communities to actively participate in the planning system, through the promotion and enhancement of our world-renowned built, cultural and natural heritage assets.


The Heritage Council advocates for best practice heritage management in the planning sector in Ireland. We provide policy advice to various levels of government on the formulation of planning legislation and policy and prepare written submissions to various bodies including An Bord Pleanála and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


The Heritage Council has delivered numerous rural and urban regeneration programmes which are formally linked to the statutory planning system - including the Collaborative Public Realm Plan Programme for Historic Towns, the Community-led Village Design Programme for Urban and Rural Villages, the award-winning Community-led VDS Toolkit, the South Dublin Enhancement Programme, the LEADER Village Enhancement Programme and the Historic Towns Initiative.

Since 2016 our Our Collaborative Town Centre Health Check Programme (CTCHC) is delivered in partnership with RGDATA and the Retail Consortium, the Department Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Irish Planning Institute, Irish Landscape Institute, Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, UCD, LIT Thurles, DIT and QUB.