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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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07.08.2018Dangerous Buildings Section June & July 2018

48 Fleet St. D2

Image: 48 Fleet St, D2

‘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 and 2017 series of notices.

DB1 notices issued in June & July 2018 are as follows:


06.2018 – 48 Fleet Street, D2

Concrete moulding collapsed onto public footpath

Loose mouldings & debris removed.


06.2018 – The Drake Inn, 59-60 Main Street, Finglas, D11

Decorative light fitting, detached from support hanging by cable.

Removed light fitting.


06.2018 – 42-44 Thomas Street, D8

Shop-front signage partially detached from fixings.

Secured & partially removed shop-front signage.


06.2018 – 13 Crumlin Village (Somerville House) D 12 – Protected Structure

Broken glass to front door opening.

Re-secured front door opening.


06.2018 – 124G Emmet Road, Inchicore, D 8

Ground floor door open to entry.

Re-secured door.


06.2018 – Former ‘Royal Oak’ site, Finglas, D11

Collapsed hoarding & site open to entry.

Re-secured hoarding & site.


JULY Notices

9a_b Trinity St.D2

Image 9A/B Trinity St, D2


07.2018 – 93 North Circular Road, D7 – Protected Structure

Rear or premises structurally compromised & open to entry.

Re-secured premises.


07.2018 – 203 Decies Road, Ballyfermot, D 10

Loose & broken glass to first floor front window opening.

Removed broken glass.


07.2018 – 9A/B Trinity Street, D2 – Protected Structure

Section of parapet detached & fallen into footpath below.

Checked remaining parapet & secured with netting.

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