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Lithuania/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.5 Architecture and spatial planning

In 2001, Lithuania became a member of the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) and began the process of organising its activities in compliance with European legislation on architecture and building policy. The Law on Building (new wording 2004) foresees the certification of architects and the establishment of the Lithuanian Architects' Chamber (2006). The Architects' Chamber is responsible for coordination of architects' activities, their certification, supervising a code of ethics, technology, architect service issues, etc. The Law on Authors and Related Rights (1999) defines architect authors rights on the creation of building projects, models, graphics, design, etc.

In 2001 the Law on Protected Terrains was adopted. It defines the establishment, administration and control of protected areas. Among other (natural, landscape) objects, it defines the terms to preserve cultural heritage monuments located in protected areas such as the 5 national and 30 regional parks in Lithuania. The Law on Planning of Territories (1995; amended 2004) includes important requirements for cultural, tourism, leisure objects in planning territories, state and self – government responsibilities.

In 2005, the government passed the Resolution on the Inventory of Guidelines for Lithuanian Architecture. The Guidelines define the main architectural policy objectives, implementation policy, and the role and importance of architecture in a social, educational, economic and cultural context.

Chapter published: 28-11-2014

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