Procedure for issuing permissions for performing activities of protecting and preserving cultural goods

The legal regulation for obtaining the permission for performing activities of protecting and preserving cultural goods has been amended

By entry into force of the Act on Amendments to the Act on the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Goods on 18 October 2018, the legal regulation for obtaining the permission for performing activities of protecting and preserving cultural goods has been amended. For the purpose of implementing the said Act, the new Ordinance on the requirements for obtaining the permission for performing activities of protecting and preserving cultural goods has been adopted, which entered into force on 15 November 2018.

It provides for important changes by prescribing that the permission shall be issued only to a natural person whose professional qualifications are determined, unless they are determined otherwise (expert profession). The permission is issued without any time limit. The permission does not have to be obtained by natural persons having an expert profession for performing restoration-conservation activities in a particular subspeciality field in accordance with Article 101 of the Act on the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Goods or the act governing museum activities.

Legal entities are no longer issued the permission since the legal prerequisite was introduced that legal entities shall have the permission if they ensure the work of a natural person whose professional qualifications were determined, i.e. a person who has the permission or the relevant expert profession. This legal prerequisite also applies to a craftsman who ensures the work of a natural person whose professional qualifications were determined as stated above in the case when the craftsman as a natural person does not have the permission for performing such activities within the meaning of the said Act.

On the website of the Ministry of Culture and Media Procedure for issuing permissions for performing activities of protecting and preserving cultural goods you can read which activities require the permission and what are the legal consequences for already issued permissions.