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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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2 Palace Street, Dublin 2.

‘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 January 2018 are as follows:

01.2018 – 1 Alexander Terrace, North Wall, Dublin 1.

Loose slates on roof of domestic property, at risk of falling. Removed slates.


01.2018 – The Sentinel Building Ballymun, Ballymun Road, Dublin 11.

Apartment premises, large section of loose roofing material at risk of falling. Resecured said material.


01.2018 – 100 Caledon Road, East wall, Dublin 3.

Section of front garden wall to domestic premises, damaged by impact of car & at danger of collapse. Demolished remainder of wall & removed debris.


01.2018 – 23 Dolphins Barn Street, Dublin 8.

Vacant & derelict public house, front 1st floor window sash displaced & broken. Removed said window & broken glass.


01.2018 – 11 Glengariff Parade, Phibsborough, Dublin 11.

Property damaged by fire. Residents required to vacate. Property secured against casual entry.


01.2018 – 36-37 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1. Protected Structure.

Section of timber shop-front hanging loose over public footpath. Removed loose materials & debris from premises.


01.2018 – 2 Palace Street, Dublin 2. Protected Structure.

Debonded render & broken stone pediment to front elevation, at risk of falling into public footpath. Removed all loose sections of render & stone sections.


01.2018 – 6 Rowerstown Lane, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.

Vacant & derelict premises, boosted render to front elevation against public footpath, at risk of debonding & falling. Removed sections of loose render.


01.2018 – 1-2 Usher Street, Dublin 8.

Vacant & derelict premises, section of brickwork to front wall at risk of collapse. Removed said brick work & cleared debris.

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