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New rules to ban historic site billboards

Revisions to the city’s rules on the preservation of historic sites and buildings will see a ban of billboards.

The Shanghai People’s Congress introduced the revisions yesterday.

Current rules allow billboards to be placed on historic buildings with the consent of the government.

While enlarging buildings or adding new parts out of the need for infrastructure, public services and other facilities is allowed, a new revision requires that a commission of experts be convened to justify the need instead of one expert stipulated in the current regulations.

To address the problem that in some cases the distance between buildings and between buildings and the street doesn’t meet current city standards, a revision allows a commission of experts to justify the need.

To ensure funds for preservation, the new revisions allow all owners and users of historic buildings who are in charge of their renovation and maintenance to apply for funds from the government. Currently only those considered to be “really short of funds” can apply.

The revisions also require that the government respect the residents’ lifestyle when using protected buildings for community services, cultural exhibitions, tourism and business purposes.

The revisions define historic areas as also including blocks, streets and rivers with historic features and values, and buildings of memorial, educational and archival values.


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