The most important buildings in terms of architecture or history are listed on the Record of Protected Structures for County Laois.
Inclusion of a building on the Record of Protected Structures conveys certain responsibilities on the owner, but also opens up avenues for funding of maintenance and repair work.
The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, an initiative of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regioanl, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, has published a survey of the Architectural Heritage Of County Laois (available from bookshops or through Wordwell Books). This survey has identified many architecturally and historically interesting buildings, and classifies them as being of International, National, Regional or Local importance.
A series of information leaflets on various aspects of architectural heritage and conservation of buildings is available from the Architectural Heritage Advisory Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Information on all sites of architectural and archaeological interest nationwide can be viewed at the Historic Environment Viewer, an initiative of the DAHRRG.