Authorization of work in protected areas
The policy of protected areas is part of public action in favour of the architectural, urban and landscape heritage and the living environment. The architects of the buildings of France (ABF) in post within the departmental units of architecture and heritage (UDAP) ensure, in this field, the control and the expertise of the works engaged in the protected spaces by exercising their authorization powers, agree or recommend that they keep laws and regulations in force. They contribute to the appraisal of development projects that concern the surroundings of a historic monument, sites protected under the Environment Code, protected areas or areas of architectural and heritage development (AVAP). They also ensure the application of the laws on out-of-home advertising and signs and provide, in these various fields, their expertise and assistance to the citizens and local authorities responsible for urban planning.