Legal Protection

The information held by the Archaeological Survey of Ireland (ASI) was issued between 1984 and 1992 as a series of county Sites and Monuments Records. These county SMRs, revised in the light of further research and fieldwork, formed the basis for the statutory Record of Monuments and Places (RMP) (established under Section 12 of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1994). Similar in format to the SMRs (comprising a list and set of maps), the RMPs were issued for each county in the State between 1995 and 1998. The lists and accompanying maps are available for inspection in county libraries and local authority planning offices in accordance with the relevant regulations made under the 1994 Act (Statutory Instrument Number 341 of 1994 National Monuments (Exhibition of Record of Monuments) Regulations 1994). They are also available to download from this website (see under Publications, Forms & Legislation).

Monuments included in the statutory RMP are legally protected and are generally referred to as “Recorded Monuments”. The addition of a monument to the ASI SMR database does not, of itself, confer legal protection. The reclassification of a monument on this website does not affect its legal status in any way. Anyone wishing to obtain information or seek clarification in this regard should consult the National Monuments Service (email Copies of the relevant legislation are available to download from this website (see under Publications, Forms & Legislation).

Some monuments may be ‘Protected Structures’ for the purposes of the Planning and Development Act, 2000. No information on which monuments are so protected is available on this website. Anyone wishing to obtain information in this regard should contact the relevant local authority.

For more information on the legislative background to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) buildings survey dataset please refer to their website