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Património Cultural

Urban management and public land use

As far as urban management is concerned, the DGPC is responsible for actions aiming at safeguarding, enhancing and disseminating the immovable cultural heritage. This is done through monitoring and surveilling actions and by issuing preliminary reports on plans, projects, studies and works carried out by both public and private entities, any incidents occurring in listed cultural property (national monument or public interest monument), or in property awaiting listing as well as in buildings located in their respective buffer zones.

By issuing reports on studies, projects or plans for listed buildings and those awaiting listing as well as for any property located in their buffer zones, the DGPC aims to preserve and enhance existing cultural assets and their settings so that these can be safeguarded and constitute the national heritage according to the provisions of the Cultural Heritage Basic Law.

It is also up to the DGPC to appraise public land use projects such as those involving forecourts and advertisement signs on building façades so as to ensure an adequate urban integration and subsequent enhancement of the built environment.