What is the purpose of the City and Townscape Protection Act?
Innsbruck is developing rapidly and the pressure for growth is increasing. However, cultural, aesthetic and identity-forming aspects of historically grown streets and squares should not be lost in the process. For this reason, Innsbruck is focusing on preserving districts that are special in terms of architectural culture and integrating new buildings into the established. The city of Innsbruck has designated protection zones for districts and groups of buildings of particularly high quality. Urban spaces are to be preserved in their character, architecturally designed with quality in mind, and cautiously developed further.
Street furniture also contributes significantly to the characteristic appearance of urban spaces. Therefore, the design of guest gardens, merchandise stands and woven stands shall be coordinated in agreement with the Service Unit Projects, design and site protection .. coordinated.
The protection of local heritage finds its legal framework in the Tyrolean City and Local Heritage Protection Act - SOG.
Tools of urban and site protection
What does it mean when a building is located in the protection zone?
Protection zones have been designated in Innsbruck. In these, "extended licensing obligations"(§ 17 SOG) and design specifications apply that go beyond the specifications of the Tyrolean Building Code. In terms of content, the SOG is essentially aimed at the townscape, which is why the design specifications primarily concern the exterior of buildings. The approval requirements are defined in § 19 SOG.
For example, the replacement of windows, the renovation of facades, the renewal of the facade paint or the renewal of the roofing is subject to approval. In practice, the planned measures are coordinated with the responsible parties in advance.
In the case of construction projects in protection zones, the expert advisory board is consulted.
What is the purpose of the expert advisory board?
As an independent expert body, the Advisory Board of Experts is the central instrument of local image protection. The advisory board must be consulted in building procedures. It consists of seven members, is made up of architects as well as representatives of the Innsbruck City Council, the Province of Tyrol, the University of Innsbruck and the Federal Office for the Protection of Monuments, and meets around 25 times a year.
The advisory board deals with building inquiries, building applications, development and zoning plans as well as boundary conditions and objectives for architectural competitions in the protection zones. Specifically, these can include details such as lighting, loft conversions, or storefronts.
You can discuss or further develop projects openly and in a qualified manner with the expert advisory board in advance of the building permit process.
Are there separate subsidies for buildings in protection zones?
The municipality of Innsbruck, together with the province of Tyrol, supports projects in protection zones that serve to preserve the cityscape and townscape.
Who is the contact person for questions about the SOG?
The staff of the Projects, Design and Site Protection Department will be happy to advise you in advance about requirements and subsidies. Please simply make an appointment.
Last updated 01.10.2023