The expert tasks involved in the management of building heritage are according to the Land Use and Building Act and the Act on the Protection of Buildings the responsibility of the National Board of Antiquities. Since 2001 there has been an acting building inspector working in the Ostrobothnian museum.
The Ostrobothnian museum consults the public concerning the management of building heritage and cultural environment. In addition the museum answers inquiries about the history of the buildings within its region of operation. The provincial museum researcher and/or the building inspector will, if needed, go on site to give estimation on the historical value of the building or the surrounding area. This is mainly done in order to estimate the need for building preservation or to define the principles for the repair work that will be carried out on a historically valuable building.
Building Preservation and Inspection
Building preservation in Finland is mainly carried out through the Land Use and Building Act with plans of different degrees (city plan, shoreline detailed plan, component master plan, general plan, or shoreline general plan). If the preservation cannot be carried out with a plan the building can be put under preservation according to the Act on the Protection of Buildings. The decision on preservation will be based on the act. The owner of the building, a registered association, or a municipality can apply for the preservation of a building.
Information on building preservation can be found both from the Internet sites of the Ministry of the Environment and the National Board of Antiquities. The Ostrobothnian museum answers inquiries about the historical value of buildings. Building inventories have been carried out by the museum since the 1990’s in order to establish the value of buildings in the city of Vaasa and in the municipalities within the Ostrobothnian museum’s region of operation.
Buildings that are preserved by the Act on the Protection of Buildings in the former province of Vaasa:
A Grant for Managing Building Heritage
It is possible to apply for a grant from both the National Board of Antiquities and the West Finland Regional Environment Centre for the necessary repairs on a historically valuable building. The period for applying usually ends by the latter half of October. The Ostrobothnian museum participates in the grant decision preparations and it also supervises the repair work together with the National Board of Antiquities. Information about grants can be inquired from the Ostrobothnian museum/provincial museum researcher.
Authority Tasks in the Management of Building Heritage and Cultural Environment
The Ostrobothnian museum manages the authority tasks linked with building heritage and cultural environment within its region of operation in Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, and parts of South-Ostrobothnia. The museum gives statements about plan drafts, proposals, road construction plans, and about the estimations of the effects to the environment in land use projects.
The Ostrobothnian museum also has a say in the buildings’ demolition and alteration projects in the municipalities within its region of operation. This applies especially to the region’s larger cities such as Vaasa, Kokkola, Pietarsaari, Uusikaarlepyy, Kristiinankaupunki, Närpiö, and Kannus.
The Ostrobothnian museum’s region of operation:
Kaj Höglund: provincial museum researcher
Telephone 06-325 3805
Magdalena Lindroos: building inspector
Telephone 06-325 3795
Pentti Risla: provincial archeologist
Telephone: 06-325 3813
Tasks linked with the management of building heritage and cultural environment are administered by: