Buildings and churches that are protected according to Norwegian law, either automatically, permanently or temporary by individual order, or by regulation. Buildings can be protected through several paragraphs in the Cultural heritage act. Buildings that are protected through individual order (§ 15), and government owned buildings that are protected through regulation (§ 22a). Buildings that are older than 1537 are automatically protected, buildings from between 1537 and 1649 can be declared protected, and Sami buildings older than 100 years are also automatically protected (§ 4).
For use in all forms of physical planning and building. There are strict limitations to what can be done to protected buildings. Provisions for the administration of protected buildings is regulated by the Cultural heritage act. Unless given an exemption according to § 15a in the Cultural heritage act, any tearing down, moving of, adding to, changes, replacements of materials or colours, or any other measures other than regular maintenance is prohibited. Any measures that affect a protected building must be handled by the cultural heritage authorities.