National Monuments Service provides expert advice from an archaeological perspective to planning and other relevant authorities in respect of individual planning, development applications and other projects and plans. More information on archaeology and its interaction with the planning system can be found in our booklet Archaeology and the Planning Process.
Visit https://www.archaeology.ie/planning for information about licencing requirements in the context of archaeology and the planning process.
When the owner or occupier of a property, or any other person proposes to carry out, or to cause, or to permit the carrying out of any work at or in relation to a Recorded Monument or a Registered Monument they are required to give notice in writing to the Minister 2 months before commencing that work. This is to allow the National Monuments Service time consider the proposed works and how best to proceed to further the protection of the monument. Further information about the statutory provisions in relation to notifications is available at https://www.archaeology.ie/monument-protection.
For national monuments in the ownership or guardianship of the Minister or a Local Authority or which are subject to a preservation order or temporary preservation order, the prior written consent of the Minister is required for any works at or in proximity to the monument.
Lists of national monuments in the Minister’s ownership or guardianship (by county) can be accessed here. A list is also available of national monuments subject to Preservation Orders. It should be noted that these lists may not be exhaustive and if you have any doubt as to the status of a particular monument, you should contact the National Monuments Service. For a list of national monuments in the ownership of individual local authorities please contact the relevant local authority.
Applications for Ministerial Consent should be made using this form - NMS 5-06 Consent Application Form and returned to:
National Monuments Service
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Further details are available here.
Comprehensive information about procedures for access, opening times, contact information and collections in the National Monuments Service Archive Unit can be found in the Archive Unit section of the website.
The Sites and Monuments Records database can be viewed on-line through the Historic Environment Viewer.
Monument damage can be reported to the National Monuments Service (NMS) at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (01) 888 2000.
Check out our online portal Monuments to Visit which pinpoints national monuments around the country which are accessible to the public. The national monuments mapped on the website feature those at which the Office of Public Works (OPW) maintain visitor services (for which there may be a charge) and those which have no formal visitor services on-site but which are accessible to the public.
In 2014, the OPW announced that it was in negotiations with the Health Service Executive about opening up some of the historic sites in its care for weddings. (See here). A number of civil ceremonies have taken place at sites such as Castletown House in Co. Kildare and the OPW is keen to offer further sites as venues for events such as weddings. Former Minister of State Brian Hayes, who at that time, had special responsibility for the OPW, stated that it was the role of the Health Service Executive (HSE) to determine the suitability of locations for use as civil ceremony venues. For information on HSE licenced venues, contact email@example.com.