General principles of utilization of historic and cultural places

In all utilization activities, conservation of historic-cultural significance, integrity, authenticity of the place and intangible heritage values must be considered as priorities.

As a common wealth, reaching to historic-cultural heritage must be accessible for all.

By appropriate management, utilization activities must cause least effects and damage on the structure and intangible heritage.

Utilization program must be based on technical, economic, social and cultural studies.

Prior to any activity of utilization, utilization program must get prepared and approved by competent references. The key points of utilization program must be:

· Objectives( qualitative and quantitative)

· Programs and plans ( budgeting and scheduling)

· Managerial structure and human resource ( combination, competency, responsibilities, education and experience)

· Maintenance system ( programs, human resources, required expenses)

· Interaction with other institutes and organizations

- Revival Fund

- Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization

- Local entities ( municipalities, ...)

· Cooperation with stakeholders

- Identification and classification of the target group

- Evaluation and assessing the target group periodically

- Planning and implementing required programs to enhance interaction with target stakeholders

· Documentation

- Technologies

- Organizing

- Methods

· Safety and sanitation

- Technologies

- Organizing

- Methods

· Accessing services and types of services

- The way of accessing and classification ( hardware and software)

· Standards for services

· The way of review and amendment of the program

The utilization management must be based on the latest methods, legal-managerial framework, technologies and scientific methods prepared and implemented by competent individuals.

Prior to transferring the right of utilization of historic places, the Fund must proceed with measures of inscribing the place in the national list, zoning and defining conservation regulations.


Special principles of utilization of historic and cultural places


The objectives of utilization must be transparent, feasible and logically achievable.

The objectives must be defined and classified and updated.

The objectives must encompasses all aspects of utilization activities including conservation of the structure, executive methods, human resources, etc.

The objectives must be in the framework of policies and procedures approved by the Fund. The policies will be notified to the beneficiary prior to defining the management plan.


Adaptation of the methods used for implementation of management plan with set standards by responsible entities.

Adaptation of methods used for implementation of management plans of utilization with regulations of conservation of the place, intangible heritage and promoting its interactions with surrounding.

Interaction with historic, cultural and natural landscape

Adaptation of the management plan of utilization with cultural, economic, social, natural and surrounding local community’s needs.

Providing the required platform for utilization of cultural, social, economic and natural capacities.

Considering the capacities and restrictions imposed by superior documents and legislation system- the management must be dominant on the place and its surroundings for planning in implementing of management plans of utilization.


Interaction with other institutes and organizations

Providing the accessible services for all at the place

Cooperation with institutes and national and local organizations responsible for supervision

Interaction and benefiting from interactive-participatory capacities of the stakeholders particularly the local community

Programs and budgets

Complete and sufficient budget must be forecasted and dedicated. (including staff expenses, costs of management of utilization, costs of education, cost of maintenance, emergency costs, repairing and equipments, etc)

The budget must be operational and scheduled based on the performance. For cases that longs for more three years, the budgeting will be arranged for every three years.

Human resource

Human resource involving in utilization must be eligible in terms of scientific, technical ,a social competency and approved by the supervisory entity.

professional education and training must be considered for staff during their involvements.


Maintenance refers to technical activities and measures required to sustain the structure, content and location of historic and cultural place in a standard condition. Maintenance process must be implemented prior to, during and after restoration, reconstruction, revival in order to prevent damages, decay and ruins.

Maintenance is a part of set of conservation activities for management programs and macro plans.

Maintenance should not coincide with restoration, reconstruction and revival.

Recognizing actual and potential dangers and threats caused by human and nature

Rrecognizing and classifying vulnerability of different parts of the place

Designing and implementing plans encountering omitting or controlling existing threats

Designing and implementing measures to resolve vulnerability and existing damages

Chronology of changes in structure and techniques during the maintenance and stabilization encountering the changes

Report on the necessity of restoration, revival, management and utilization caused by mentioned changes to competent references.

Management and maintenance plans including defining and implementing rules of procedure, periodic and constant review system, planning and completing tables, check-lists and necessary hand-books.

Review and amendment

Recognizing the eligible party to ask for review and amendment

Defining the required conditions of review

Bilateral agreement for review and amendment

Scheduling review and amendment

The way of compensation of probable damages caused by review and amendment of the program for each or both parties.