Austrian national legislation
We present selected paragraphs of the Federal Act on the Protection of Monuments Due to Their Historic, Artistic or Other Cultural Significance or Monument Protection Act that represent essential information and guidelines regarding issues of preservation and protection, permission, investigation, ownership and signage in Austria. The original version of the act is from 1923 and was the object of several changes until the last one in 2020.
The act does not offer any definitions related to archaeological sites or archaeological parks. According to “the law § 1. (1) the provisions of this Federal Act apply to man-made immovable and movable objects (including remains and traces of creative human intervention and artificially constructed or moulded ground formations) of historic, artistic or other cultural significance (“monuments”), if, due to this significance, their preservation is in the public interest. This significance may be due to the objects per se, but may also arise due to their relationship to, or location in relation to, other objects.”
You can find out more about the legislation in Austria in the Baseline study prepared by the project partners.