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The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands is part of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and acts on behalf of the Minister.

As such, we have a number of statutory duties: we award grants, issue licences and permits, and schedule monuments and historic buildings for protection.


The Agency issues licences and permits, and advises other authorities on licensing.

  • A permit is always required for any activity that impacts on a scheduled archaeological monument. The Agency decides whether a permit may be issued.
  • The Agency issues excavation licences to local authorities, universities and archaeological consultancies, provided they meet the requirements.
  • We advise local authorities on issuing permits for drastic interventions such as demolition, reconstruction, relocation or change of use.

Designating monuments

The Agency may award national scheduled historic building or monument status on behalf of the Minister. It also designates urban conservation areas on behalf of the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment.


The Agency administers the of monuments and historic buildings (Dutch only), the State art collection, the National Depot for Ship Archaeology and Archis, the centralised archaeological information system.