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Our architectural heritage is one of the most tangible aspects of our heritage. By conserving our historic buildings we help to preserve them for future generations to enjoy as part of their heritage, just as we do now.


Curtilage Study: Useful Principles for Protected Structures

Protection of a protected structure extends to the land and structures lying within its curtilage. ‘Curtilage’ is the area of ground directly connected with the functioning or inhabitation of a structure, such as a yard, a basement or a passageway to the structure. 

The Heritage Council sought to clarify how to determine the curtilage of a Protected Structure, contributing to the way in which we manage our heritage holistically, and in order to safeguard the setting of buildings and the way in which they make a contribution to landscapes. The article below provides observations, or indicators in regard to curtilage, on the basis of Irish planning and legal cases, and extrapolates from the principles recently established in UK court cases. The aim of the study was to clarify for building owners, what the implications of protection might be for them.

Download the article What is Curtilage? here (2010) [PDF 1MB].