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Apply for a determination of monument properties

Cultural monuments are architectural monuments, ground monuments, movable monuments and monuments of the history of the earth. They must be protected, cared for and scientifically researched.

In order for an object to be considered a monument, it must possess certain characteristics. In order to check whether it meets the requirements to be placed under monument protection, you must submit an application for the determination of monument status. If the requirements are met and there is a public interest in the preservation of the object, it is considered worthy of a monument. The same applies to the review for the withdrawal of the monument properties.

After examining the facts of the case, the Lower Saxony State Office for the Preservation of Monuments determines whether an object has monument properties. If this is the case, it will be included in the list of cultural monuments.

Process flow

  • You fill out the application and submit it together with the necessary information and, if necessary, documents.
  • The application will be checked for completeness.
  • The requirements for determining the monument status of the object are examined.
  • If all conditions are met, you will receive a notice or notification of the result of the examination.

Who should I contact?

Lower Saxony State Office for the Preservation of Monuments


If you wish to make this request, you must be the owner, authorized representative or person entitled in rem.

Which documents are required?

  • Address data of the object
  • If necessary, documents relating to the object
  • Proof of ownership, if applicable
  • If applicable, proof of urgent authorization

What are the fees?

Fee: free of charge

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to observe.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 0 - 2 Months

Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: No

Informal application possible: Yes

Personal appearance required: No


You can file a lawsuit against the decision in the case of movable monuments and architectural monuments that were included in the list of cultural monuments after 2011 and thus initiate an appeal procedure. In the case of architectural monuments that were included in the register of cultural monuments before 2011, ground monuments and immovable monuments of the earth's history, no declaratory administrative act can be applied for. In this case, a declaratory action must be brought directly before the administrative court.

What else should I know?

The declaratory administrative act merely confirms the legal requirements of a listed building. The action for annulment must therefore be directed against the status of a monument, not against the violation of regulatory provisions.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK)

Professionally released on



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competent Bodies

Niedersächsisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege
Address: Scharnhorststr. 1, 30175 Hannover

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)