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"Well designed places, well designed homes, well designed public domains create value, respect, empathy between people."*

Dublin City Council is committed to using design to improve the attractiveness, liveability and sustainability of our built environment in its roles as planning authority, manager of public spaces and buildings and through its own construction projects.

Dublin City Architects is responsible for promoting design and providing architectural, urban and conservation design services to Dublin City Council. In doing this, we will:

  • Aim for Dublin’s citizens to enjoy the highest quality built environment; one that is clear, generous, appropriately scaled, positive to context, well made and which promotes access and inclusion.
  • Work to achieve excellence in the ordinary.
  • Consider places before buildings so that new developments contribute positively to public spaces.
  • Learn from the past in creating architecture that matches the quality and longevity of earlier periods.
  • Facilitate architecture that is contemporary, performs to the highest environmental standards, addresses climate change and is culturally cosmopolitan.

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109 North Circular Road, rear mews building, D7

‘Dangerous Buildings’ is a statutory section within DCC, under the direction of the City Architect, which is concerned with buildings, structures or sites deemed a danger to the public. It operates under the remit of the Local Government (Sanitary Services) Act 1964 as amended.

‘Dangerous Buildings’ work includes monitoring, inspecting, reporting, removing or making safe any building or structure perceived to be a danger within the Dublin City Council area. A team of four DB Inspectors monitor and respond to reports on a day-to-day basis. We do not take action under DB legislation without proper and expert consideration. This will range from undertaking structural engineering surveys and obtaining detailed Conservation Officer advice where appropriate. We will always look to undertake the least invasive works in making a structure safe and only undertake demolition in whole or in part when absolutely necessary. It is also important to emphasise that, under the DB legislation, we cannot undertake remedial works to a property beyond ‘making safe’.

DB Notices are issued to the owners of properties advising necessary remedial action or, as a last resort, taking immediate action to remove danger and making safe. These Notices take the form of:

DB.3 (black) – requires the owner of the property to carry out the described works necessary within 28 days;

DB.2 (green) – requires the owner of the property to carry out the described works necessary within 14 days;

DB.1 (red) – enables the DB Inspector to access the site with the necessary equipment and personnel to immediately make safe and eliminate danger at the property or structure. DCC DB will look to recoup any costs associated with the works from the owner on completion.

Following on from the 2016 series of notices. DB1 notices issued in March 2017 are as follows:

03.2017 – Royal Oak site, Finglas Road, D11

Removal of collapsed hoarding and re-securing of site

Owners:               Duff and Phelps (Ireland) Limited, c/o Aibhe O’Dwyer, Molyneux House, Bride Street, Dublin 8.


03.2017 – 45 Grove Wood, Finglas D11

Demolition of section of boundary wall at risk of collapse, property secured with heras fencing.

Owners:               Simon Prater, 45 Grove Wood, Finglas, Dublin 11.


03.2017 – Hole in the Wall Road, D13

Decommissioned Pumphouse site open to entry, property secured with heras fencing.

Owners:               Tom Kavanagh, Deloitte, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2


03.2017 – North Lotts Pumping Station, New Wapping Street, D1

Site open to entry, section of hoarding re-secured.

Owners:               c/o Shane Whelan, Spencer Dock Development Company Ltd, Treasury Building, Grand Canal Street Lwr, Dublin 2.


03.2017 – 103 North Circular Road, Protected Structure, rear mews building, D7

Taking down of section of unstable wall at risk of collapse, removal of all loose material.

Owners:              Liam Holland & Mary Herron, 48 Carrigwood, Firhouse, Dublin 24.


  • 03.2017 – 109 North Circular Road, rear mews building, D7

Partially collapsed chimney, reduced remaining chimney to a safe level, removal of all loose material.

Owners:               c/o Jane Clarke, Gillespie Lowe, 3-9 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6.


03.2017 – 18 Sherrard Street Upper, D1. Protected Structure

Hoarding collapse to side on Belvedere Place, site open to entry, re-secured said hoarding.

Owners:              Murray Lees, 18 Sherrard Street Upper. Dublin 1.


03.2017 – 24 Reuben Street, D8

Loose & broken glass to first floor level front window, removal of glass & re-securing of window ope.

Owners:              Mary Jane Chapman, c/o John Woodcock Solicitor, 16 Clanwilliam Terrace, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2.


03.2017 – 20 Windmill Road, Crumlin, D12

Re-secured partially collaped hoarding.

Owners:              Paul & Eilish Tollman, Gurteenroe, Macroom, Co.Cork.

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