Many thanks for this- exactly the information I was after, confirming the conclusions I had reached.
From: British archaeology discussion list on behalf of Peter MacIntyre
Sent: Mon 22/09/2008 06:58
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] French Legislation
Heritage legislation is contained in what is known as the Code du
In so far as building recording as concerned, if you wanted to plan a
ruined abbey, for example, you would be well advised to contact the
relevant SRA (service regional de l'archéologie). If, on the other
hand, it's a question of standing building recording, things are a
little clearer and yet a little more confused. First of all, and
obviously, you need the agreement of the building proprietor. In the
case of a parish church this would be the local town council. You would
then need to know the status of the building. Is it under the protection
of an ACMH (Architecte en Chef des Monuments Historiques)? You won't be
allowed near the fabric without his (and it is usually a man) agreement.
You could contact the relevant SDAP (Service Départemental de
l'Architecture et du Patrimoine) where you might find someone helpful
able to clarify ownership questions and point you towards drawings and
photographs that already exist.
The confusion might start when you are recording your standing building
and an archaeologist from the SRA turns up and says that you have no
"autorisation" to be doing it and should stop immediately. The legal
basis for this is somewhat dubious and to prevail you will need a good
knowledge of both French and French law.
If you have recently met someone in an English pub who has a
fourteenth century house at the bottom of his French back garden and you
have been invited to record it then simply do so and tell no-one. That's
what a lot of French people would do.
PETTS D.A. wrote:
> A bit of a shot in the dark here. I am trying to find out about the legislation, if any, connected to recording historic buildings in France. I've been able to find plenty about excavation, but none about non-intrusive building recording. Anyone on list had any experience with this?