Regulation on Protection of Historic and Cultural Cities, Towns and Villages Promulgated
Lately, Premier WEN Jiabao signed the State Council ordinance to promulgate the Regulation on Protection of Historic and Cultural Cities, Towns and Villages, which will be enforced in China since Jul. 1, 2008.
The Regulations was approved on the third executive meeting of the State Council on Apr. 2, 2008, on which the consensus was achieved that, in order to preserve the traditional pattern and the historical scenery of the historic and cultural cities, towns and villages, to maintain the authenticity and the wholeness of the historic and cultural heritages, and to inherit and highlight the traditional Chinese culture, it is necessary to establish the Regulation on the basis of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Protection of Cultural Relics and the Town and Country Planning Law of the People’s Republic of China. Regarding the historic and cultural cities, towns and villages, the Regulation clarifies the declaration conditions and the approving procedures, stresses the authority of protection planning by forbidding the unauthorized revision of the legally approved plans, and strengthens the protection measures by requiring that the historic and cultural cities, towns and villages should be protected as a whole and the municipal and county governments should set up signs and files for the historic buildings. It also declares the legal responsibilities of the governments and the administrative departments in charge, as well as to the behaviors of damaging the traditional patterns and the historic sceneries.