Activity licence for work involving monuments and structures located in heritage conservation areas

You need to apply for an activity licence if you wish to proceed with the following works or activities on monuments and structures located in heritage conservation areas:

  • study, which involves alteration of a monument, and an underwater archaeological study;
  • preparation of activity plans for study, conservation and restoration works for heritage conservation;
  • preparation of special conditions for heritage conservation;
  • preparing a project for the conservation and restoration of a structure located on a site which has been entered in UNESCO’s World Heritage List;
  • conservation and restoration of a monument and of a structure located on a site which has been entered in UNESCO’s World Heritage List;
  • exercise of heritage conservation supervision over monuments and heritage conservation areas;
  • provision of diving service to underwater monuments.

The National Heritage Board issues an activity licence without a term.

The work activity, related to monuments and structures located in heritage conservation areas, is regulated by the following legislation:

  • General Part of the Economic Activities Code Act;
  • Heritage Conservation Act;
  • Regulation No. 10 of the Minister of Culture from 15 June 2011 “The procedure for heritage conservation supervision and documentation of construction and other work”;
  • Regulation No. 15 of the Minister of Culture from 4 July 2011 “The conditions and procedure for the preparation of plans for the conservation, restoration, or construction of immovable monuments or of structures located within heritage conservation areas and for the conduct of prior studies therein”;
  • Regulation No. 14 of the Minister of Culture from 4 July 2011 “The procedure for the preparation of special conditions for immovable monuments or structures located in heritage conservation areas”.

Requirements for the applicant

A recipient of an activity licence must comply with the following requirements:

  • the responsible specialist in charge of works of the undertaking must have acquired higher education in history, archaeology, architecture, art, restoration or technology according to the type of work;
  • the responsible specialist in charge of the works of the undertaking must have constantly operated in the given area of activity no less than for four previous years or passed in-service training of the speciality corresponding to the requested area of activity.

The National Heritage Board may decide that higher education specified above is not the prerequisite for the receipt of an activity licence applied for conservation or restoration.

Cross-border operation

If an undertaking has been established and operates in the field of study, design, conservation or restoration of cultural heritage in another Contracting State of the European Economic Area, but also wishes to operate in Estonia, then the undertaking must apply for an activity licence or the acceptance of an activity licence issued by a Contracting State.

Information about operating in another state of the European Economic Area is available at the EUGO Point of Single Contact of the relevant state.

Filling in and submitting an application

The undertaking, non-profit association or foundation and the responsible specialist in charge of works shall submit an application for an activity licence.

The application must include:

  • a list of works performed by the person in charge of works during the past 4 years or a certificate concerning the passing of in-service training of the speciality corresponding to the requested area of activity;
  • confirmation of the undertaking that it has concluded an agreement with the responsible specialist in charge of works.

If a responsible specialist of diving to underwater monuments applies for an activity licence, the application shall also include:

  • confirmation of the applicant that he or she holds a diving instructor licence which is internationally recognised;
  • confirmation of the applicant that he or she has passed a training in the course of which he or she has acquired the skill to dive to monuments without causing any damage thereto.

You can submit the application:

NB! Please pay the state fee before submitting your application.

Payment of the state fee

Please pay the state fee of 50 euros for the application for an activity licence to the bank account number EE891010220034796011 of the Ministry of Finance at SEB Pank with reference number 2900082359.

Processing the application

A submitted application shall be processed within 30 days.

You will be notified of the issue of an activity licence electronically by e-mail. The National Heritage Board issues the activity licence electronically.

The activity licence is entered into the register of activity licences of the National Heritage Board. The activity licence is issued without a term.

If there are any deficiencies in the application, a time limit shall be determined for the rectification of the deficiencies. The processing period shall be suspended and shall continue once the deficiencies have been rectified. If the deficiencies are not rectified, the application will not be processed.

Amendments to the circumstances of an activity licence

If you wish to add field of activity, then please submit an application. Please pay the state fee before submitting the application.

If you wish to change the responsible specialist, then please submit an application. Please include a confirmation of the undertaking that it has concluded an agreement with the responsible specialist in charge of works.

NB! No state fee is applied for changing the responsible specialist.

You can submit the application:

Suspension of an activity licence and termination of economic activity

If you wish to suspend or terminate operations in your chosen field of activity, then please submit an application:

Revocation of an activity licence

An activity licence is revoked on the following grounds:

  • you intentionally submitted incorrect information upon application for an activity licence, which affected the grant of a licence, provided that, if such information had not been submitted, the grant of an activity licence would have been denied;
  • you renounce economic activities;
  • you are subject to a relevant prohibition on economic activities imposed by a court judgment or arising from law in a relevant area of activity.

An activity licence may be revoked on the following grounds:

  • you fail to commence economic activities within two years after issue of the activity licence or fail to pursue economic activities within two years;
  • you materially violate the conditions of the activity licence;
  • a significant damage or danger is caused to public order, which did not exist or was not known at the time of grant of the activity licence and which overrides your interest in continuing the activity and which can be eliminated by amendment of the activity licence;
  • secondary conditions of the activity licence change.

Supervision

The National Heritage Board executes the governmental supervision in the field of monuments and structures located in heritage conservation areas.

Contact details

Substantive information

Ilme Mäesalu

The National Heritage Board, phone +372 640 3022, e-mail ilme.maesalu@muinas.ee

General information and technical questions regarding the register

Karin Merilo

The National Heritage Board, phone +372 640 3012, e-mail karin.merilo@muinas.ee

Last amended: 09-05-2016 11:55 | Compiled by: National Heritage Board