International Art and Heritage Law > Portugal


Portuguese Cultural Heritage legislation as at July 2010


State party to international instruments

1954 Hague Convention

1954 Hague Protocol

1999 Hague Protocol

4 September 1956

18 February 2005


1970 Unesco Convention

1995 UNIDROIT Convention

9 December 1985

19 July 2002

1972 World Heritage Convention

30 September 1980

2001 Underwater Heritage Convention

21 September 2006

2003 Intangible Heritage Convention

21 May 2008

2005 Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention

16 March 2007


State party to regional instruments

European Cultural Convention

16 February 1976

European Convention for the Protection of the  Architectural Heritage

27 March 1991

European Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property

Signed 23 June 1985

European Convention for the Protection of the  Archaeological Heritage (revised)

5 August 1998

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages


Framework Convention for the Protection of National  Minorities

7 May 2002

European Landscape Convention

29 March 2005

European Convention for the Protection of the  Audiovisual Heritage

Signed 8 November 2001

Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for  Society

28 August 2009


Constitutional provisions

Constitution of the Portuguese Republic 2004, Arts 2, 9, 42, 70, 73-79


National legislation

Law 164/1997 on Underwater Archaeological Heritage (original language)

Law 270/1999 on Archaeological Works (original language)

Law 107/2001 Heritage Protection Law (original language)

Law 47/2004 Framework Law on Portuguese Museums (original language)

Law 24/2006 Regulations governing Right of succession (droit de suite) for works of art (original language)

Decree 19/2006 Decree on Classification of Goods of National Interest and Listing the Property of the Portuguese Institute of Museums (original language)

Law 309/2009 on the protection of Immovable Cultural Heritage (original language)

Law 140/2009 creating the legal regime for Heritage Protection (original language)

Law 139/2009 for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (original language)

Law 138/2009 for the establishment of a Fund for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage (original language)

Law 13/1993 on Archives (original language)

Decree 69/2000 Implementing Directive on Environmental Impact Assessment (original language)


CE Cultural Heritage Compendium


Other useful links

Ministry of Culture

Secretaria-Geral do Ministério da Cultura

Delegação Regional da Cultura do Alentejo

Delegação Regional da Cultura do Algarve

Delegação Regional da Cultura do Centro

Delegação Regional da Cultura do Norte



Ministry of Culture

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