Services for monument owners
How to proceed in renovating a cultural monument
Pocedure for the owner who intends to renovate a cultural monument:
1. If the owner of a national cultural monument (hereafter „owner“) intends to renovate his structure, he is obliged to first request a binding position of the respective municipal authority or district office. Such office also may provide the owner with professional methodic publications issued by the NIHMC in order to ascertain the most appropriate procedure of cultural monument renovation.
2. The office will issue a binding position after the written statement (professional appraisal) of the NIHMC. This position expressses whether or not the work as proposed by the owner is acceptible from the perspective of historical monument care, and establish conditions by which the work may be prepared and carried out.
3. If the project is of a more extensive constructional nature, it is in the owner's interest to first request the office for a binding position statement from the perspective of a renovation. If this perspective is deemed appropriate, then the owner prepares the subsequent project documentation for a renovation according to already established conditions, thus assuring that the finances invested into the preparation of the renovation of a cultural monument are wisely placed.
4. The preparatory and project documentation of the renovation are to be regularly negotiated between the owner or projectant and professionals from the NIHMC during their preparation, to ensure that conditions laid out in the binding position are fulfilled. During this time, the owner is provided with gratuitous professional assistance, necessary documentation and information from surveys, research, and documentation archived by the NIHMC (the law also provides for the possibility of supplementary detailed documentation to be worked up for the basic project plans in case of certain types of work or procedures during the renovation of a cultural monument). The NIHMC prepares a professional written appraisal for each completed renovation documentation.
5. If the cultural monument is comprised fully or partly of works of fine art or craftsmanship, such renovation may be carried out solely by a restorer specifically licensed by the Czech Ministry of Culture for such work.
a) Disaster program – this program provides for financial assistance for securing the most urgent repairs of immovable cultural monuments, namely for roof rescue and load-bearing constructions;
b) Program of regeneration of municipal historical reservations and municipal historical zones – this is used for the renovation of cultural monuments located in the most valuable parts of our historic towns as declared to be historical reservations or historical zones. Such financial assistance may be utilized only if the respective municipality has its own regeneration program prepared and if the owner financially participates in the monument's renovation;
c) Program of cultural heritage rescue – this program supports the renovation of cultural monuments which form the most valuable part of our architectural heritage such as castles, monasteries, historical gardens, churches, and the like. The work in question must be directed towards the rescue of the cultural monument or rescue of such a part of it that forms a fundamental component of the cultural monument. The request for inclusion into this program must be supplemented by a special type of documentation, i.e. the project of cultural monument rescue;
d) Program of the care of village historical reservations, village historical zones, and landscape historical zones – this project focuses on the support of the renovation and preservation of cultural monuments, expecially monuments of folk (rural) architecture such as farmhouses, cottages, chapels, and roadside chapels, located in respective historically protected areas;
e) Program of restoration of movable cultural monuments – this program provides for financial assistance for expenses associated with the renovation (restoration) of movable cultural monuments, especially those which are significant works of fine art or fine craftsmanship and are located in buildings accessible to the public for cultural, educational, or religious purposes.
More information on how to request financial assistance for increased expenses associated with the preservation or renovation of a cultural monument, and on the rules of disposing with such assistance, is provided to owners of cultural monuments by the district offices, the Magistrate of Prague, and individual regional offices of the NIPCMS, which can assist owners during the preparation of respective requests as well as providing supplemental information. The same applies for the Ministry of Culture.