Protected Area

Protected Areas were created in France in 1962 by André Malraux, Minister of Culture, in order to protect and promote built-up or rural areas and public spaces.

The Protected Area is established on a Protection and Promotion Plan, which is a town-planning document similar to a Local Town-Planning Plan, which is applied to the area.

The Protected Area of the Town of Sedan was created on 22 September 1992 and the Protection and Promotion Plan for Sedan was published on 8 July 1999.

The implementation of the Protection Plan means that all works, of any nature, whether public or private, concerning either the inside or exterior of buildings, are submitted to the Architecte des Bâtiments de France (French buildings heritage association), irrespective of whether they are subject to a building permit.
Restoration works of inhabitable buildings in the Protected Areas, undertaken by the property owners, benefit from a privileged tax system, similar to that of the historical monuments.