Owning a French monument historique has its advantages

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If you want to buy a chateau, you will need to know the rules and regulations – but also the financial rewards – of monument historique status.

Importantly, not all chateaux are monuments historiques.

If you buy one without the status, you are free to do what you want with it, subject to the usual planning permission rules.

Roughly corresponding to the UK’s listed buildings, monument historique status covers 43,500 buildings and gardens which represent “sufficient  historical or artistic interest for their protection to be desirable”.

They are listed on the culture ministry website at www2.culture.gouv.fr/culture/inventaire/patrimoine

Two-thirds of them were put on the list by regional préfets, following the advice of a Commission Régionale du Patrimoine et des Sites (Crps). Owners do not have a say on whether their building is listed or not.

The rest were listed by Culture Ministry ...

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