Monuments : a simplification of the permissions work announced

The minister of culture has presented this Wednesday by the council of ministers, an ordinance relating to buildings classified or registered as historical monuments. The text provides in particular for an authorization of work for all work. Details.
In order to simplify and unify the various schemes relating to immovable and movable objects classified and registered, the minister of Culture, Audrey Azoulay, presented on 26 April by the Council of ministers an order in this sense. Concretely, it is planned to create an authorization of work for all work, other than simple maintenance, conducted on all categories of property protected as a historic monument. It is intended that the provisions of this ordinance shall enter into force on the date of publication of the implementing decree, and at the latest by 1 January 2018.


As a reminder, until now these works were subject to several systems of authorization, permits, or declarations, and followed different circuits of instruction, depending on the nature of the work. In the future, they will all be subject to a single system, consisting of an authorization to work single issued by a single authority.


Ensure the rescue of monuments abandoned and in danger situation


According to the ministry, “it will result in a better readability of the texts and a greater simplicity of the steps for users, owners and project holders on the some 43,000 to buildings and 280.000 movable objects filed and recorded, as to the services responsible for preparing applications for authorisation to work“.


It is also pointed out that the essential differences between the goods listed and classified will remain unchanged. And “will be reserved only for the goods classified in the obligation of recourse to a master’s degree of skilled labour and the possibility for the State to put the owner on notice to carry out the conservation work necessary, and proceed, if necessary, to the work of the office“, states the ministry.


Also note that the “use of the private owner will be more systematically suspensive, when it is to be exercised against the decision of the State remains to perform emergency works and essential to safeguarding a historic monument“. With this new provision, the minister hoped that this would, “in exceptional cases, to ensure the rescue of monuments abandoned and in danger situation“.

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