The term "built heritage" is used to identify the man-made structures and buildings that the Ballinode community has inherited from previous generations. It is made up of different building types, and includes other built elements such as the church, bridges, roads, boundary walls and street furniture. There is a legal responsibility to include a Record of Protected Structures in Monaghan County Development Plan 2007 - 2013. The current development plan contains policies for the protection of Architechural Conservation Areas and Protected Structures so that built heritage can be passed on to future generations. Archaeology is defined as the study of past people through their material archaeological remains. They are a unique source of information about their past, that once destroyed, can never be recovered. Ballinode's protected structures include: the 3 eyed sandstone bridge over the river Blackwater; the village waer pump; row of single storey houses in the centre of the village, St Dymphna's Church of Ireland and it's grounds, and the Mitchell Mausoleum and it's grounds.