Councils can designate, amend or revoke Special Amenity Areas (SAAs) which are of outstanding natural beauty or special recreational value. Members of the public can have input into these designations through consultation.
The Minister for the Environment can designate Special Area Amenity Orders (SAAOs) for areas of exceptional interest from the point of view of natural, built and cultural heritage. SAAOs are in place for Howth SAAO and the Liffey Valley SAAO.
For further information on Howth SAAO, click here
For further information on Liffey Valley SAAO, click here