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Making a proposal for building protection

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  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

You can make a proposal on protecting a building or built environment to the ELY Centre. The ELY Centre can protect a building under the act on building heritage if the building is of national, regional or local significance. In a local detailed plan area, building protection is primarily implemented by municipal planning regulations. In some situations, a separate protection decision can also be issued in the local detailed plan area under the act on building heritage. Such a situation could occur if the interior of the building is protected, for example.

The ELY Centre will make a decision on the protection of the building that will contain detailed regulations on how the building will be protected. The protection regulations can specify what kind of architectural details or structures should be preserved when the building is repaired or renovated, and how the building should be managed and used.

The ELY Centre can prohibit the dismantling of the target and any other endangerment when the proposal for building protection is pending. In connection to the prohibition, an obligation to take the necessary measures to ensure the protection of the building can be imposed on the site owner. The endangerment prohibition remains in force until the matter concerning protection has been legally resolved, unless otherwise provided. The ELY Centre must deal with the matter concerning protection within two years after issuing the prohibition.

Do the following

Before making a protection proposal, you should contact the regional museum of responsibility for assistance in determining the cultural historical value of the building and assessing the appropriate means of conservation.

Prepare a free-form written proposal on protection for the ELY Centre. The proposal must include:

  • information on the building and its location
  • information on the owner of the building
  • justification for the protection proposal.

If possible, write about the age of the building, its history of use and related events, how well has its exterior/interior preserved, and what is the building’s part in the historical entity and cultural landscape.

You should also include maps, pictures and copies of documents that support the proposal for protection.

If the proposal is submitted by a registered community, attach an account of the current rules of the community and name the persons authorised to sign. For example, you can add an up-to-date extract from the Register of Associations or the Trade Register.

Send the protection proposal to the ELY Centre of the area where the site is located.

To whom and on what terms

In order to preserve building heritage, buildings, constructions, groups of buildings or built areas that are relevant to the history of construction, construction art, construction technology, specific environmental values or the use of the building or related events may be protected.

The protection can also apply to a part of a building, the building’s fixed interior or other area formed by construction or planting.

In order for a building to be protected, it must also be of national, regional or local significance.

A protection proposal pursuant to the act on building heritage can be submitted by the owner of the building, a state authority, a municipality, a regional museum of responsibility, a regional council or a registered community. The author of the proposal must act in the area of the building that is the object of the proposal, and their field of operation must concern the preservation of cultural heritage or influencing the quality of built environment. The Sámi Parliament can submit a protection proposal on the Sámi building heritage and the Skolt Sámi Siida Council on the Skolt Sámi building heritage. The ELY Centre can also initiate a protection matter on its own initiative.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Other responsible organisationsELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Häme, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for North Savo
Responsible for the serviceCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 16/2/2022