It is necessary to request a permit from the National Heritage Board to carry out works on the monument, its protected zone, and heritage conservation area. A permit is also required for the study of a monument or a structure located in the area of heritage conservation, if this results in an alteration of an object being studied (e.g. a study of cladding).
As a first step, the planned work should be discussed with the county inspector or the administrative partner in the municipalities where the heritage protection issues have been transferred to the local government. For most of the work to be done, a written permit from the Board is required, but simpler, so-called maintenance and repair work on the monument is allowed without the coordination of the National Heritage Board.
A separate application is for the large-scale and small-scale works of immovable monuments.
The prerequisite for the issue of the permit is the project documentation approved by the National Heritage Board. An overview of the documents necessary for coordination and the format requirements are described on the project coordination page.
A work permit may be requested by the owner or possessor of monument or structure located within heritage conservation area. An application for a permit must be submitted to the county chief inspector where the monument is located. An application for a permit is reviewed within 10 working days.
- Application for a permit for a large-scale work on an immovable monument, its protected zone or heritage conservation area: for conservation, restoration, and construction (29 KB, DOC)
- Application for a permit for a small-scale work on an immovable monument, its protected zone or heritage conservation area (28.5 KB, DOC)
- Application for a permit for the study of a structure located within a heritage conservation area (27 KB, DOC)
- Application for a permit for the conservation, restoration, and repair of a movable monument (36.5 KB, DOC)
- Heritage Conservation Act (§ 24; § 35-36) (EST)
- Before starting with works
- What is repair and maintenance work? (EST)
- Coordination of project documentation
- Specialists and companies liable with activity licences (EST)
- A permit for archaeological study (EST)
Contacts of the administrative partners
(1) The following works and activities are prohibited on the immovable monument without a permit:
- conservation, restoration, and construction;
- the addition of any objects to monuments, structures or heritage conservation areas which damage or alter the appearance thereof, including a mobile object such as the placing of a kiosk, sales pavilion or outdoor cafeteria, lighting and other devices, utility network or structure, data medium, and advertising;
- the planting of vegetation, any cutting and excavation works and land improvement operations;
- changes to the intended use of land of registered immovables on which an archaeological monument is located;
- earthworks and cultivation of land.
(2) In the protected zone of an immovable monument, erection of structures, construction of roads, ditches and utility lines, other earthwork and excavation and land improvement operations are prohibited without a permit;
(3) Work and activities provided for in clauses (1) 1)-3) of this section and changes in the intended use of land of registered immovables within a heritage conservation area are prohibited without a permit for work.
(4) Conservation, restoration, and construction may include, among other things, the following activities:
- the development of attics, and closing in and building inside archways and yards;
- changes to the historical street networks, building lines and boundaries of registered immovables;
- alterations to the roofscape and to the facades of structures, including doors, windows, stairways, gates, etc.;
- alterations to the appearance of the monument or construction, including alterations of the colour scheme, and also the relocation of structural element details;
- the use of building materials which differ from or imitate the original building materials;
- the removal and damage of open architectural and structural elements and details in interior spaces and removal of constructions from their initial location, or the covering up or damage in any other manner of such details or elements;
- the construction of roads, utility lines and networks on immovable monuments.
- A permit for work is not required to change the registered immovable, where the archaeological monument is located, or the intended use of land of the registered immovable within heritage conservation area, if the National Heritage Board has coordinated a project for restoration, conservation or construction based on the detailed zoning plan or the design provisions of the project to that effect.
- It is not necessary to request a permit for work for works and activities in the protected zone and on a historical and archaeological monument if the National Heritage Board has given the permit in the alleviations provided in the protection obligation notice.
- A permit for work for work and activities planned within a heritage conservation area need not be requested if specific work or activities are permitted by the alleviations provided for in the statutes of the heritage conservation area.