The Government has agreed that Level 5 (with some amendments) as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will continue to apply nationally until further notice. The Government has clearly stated that there is a continued need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings have reopened to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect since Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Built Heritage Investment Scheme & Historic Structures Fund 2021

Offaly County Council wishes to invite applications under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) & Historic Structures Fund (HSF) for 2021, as operated by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The BHIS seeks to encourage the leveraging of private capital to invest in a number of small scale, labour intensive projects to repair and conserve Protected Structures and Proposed Protected Structures and in certain cases, for the conservation of structures within Architectural Conservation Areas, and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftworkers and tradespeople. The HSF assists with works to safeguard structures or parts of structures in immediate danger of significant deterioration.

Full details of all requirements are contained in the BHIS & HSF Circulars.

UPDATED: All applicants must complete the Application Form and submit it, with supporting documentation in hardcopy ONLY by 3pm, Friday 19th February 2021. ***LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED***.

Applications must be clearly marked Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2021/Historic Structures Fund 2021 and addressed to the Planning Department, Offaly County Council, Aras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Full Scheme Terms and Conditions: 

BHIS 2021 Circular.pdf (size 1.1 MB)

Historic Structures Fund 2021 - Circular.pdf (size 1 MB)

Application Forms:

BHIS 2021 Appendix I - Application Form A (FINAL)..docx (size 148.1 KB)

HSF2021 - Appendix I - Form A (Applicant) (FINAL.docx (size 87.7 KB)

Public Notice: 

Advert final version 2021.pdf (size 66.8 KB)

In addition to the Historic Shopfronts stream announced on 18 November, the Minister is pleased to today announce the allocation of €100,000 funding for the conservation of historic Irish-language shopfronts. This stream is jointly-funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

To incentivise take-up of this stream, each Local Authority is invited to make an additional application under Stream 1 for essential repairs and small capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of historic Irish-language shop facades, windows, signage and other associated details to safeguard them and keep them in use. This is in addition to the additional application already permitted under this stream for other shopfronts”.