An exemption allowing the sale or purchase of a product with a VOC content exceeding the limit values given in the VOC Paints Decree can be requested for the purpose of restoration or maintenance of a building or old vehicle of historical and cultural value. On application, Tukes may grant an individual exemption allowing the sale, forwarding or purchase of a product with a VOC content exceeding the limit values given in the VOC Paints Decree.
When can an exemption be applied for?
An exemption can be applied for if products compliant with the VOC Paints Decree available on the market are not suitable for the purpose and the building or old vehicle to be restored, repaired or maintained is of particular historic and cultural value.
An exemption can be requested either for the sale or purchase of a product. An exemption can only be granted for a specific use and for a restricted amount. For some restricted sites the exemption can also be requested for several buildings under one application by a representative of those who own or maintain the buildings.
An exemption can be requested for the restoration or maintenance of the following sites or buildings of particular historic and cultural value:
- valuable buildings or areas protected in a local detailed plan;
- sites designated as building conservation areas in a local detailed plan;
- sites that are protected under the Act on the Protection of Buildings (60/1985), the Church Act (1054/1993), the Antiquities Act (295/1963) or the Decree on the Protection of State-Owned Buildings (480/1985);
- sites declared to be of architecturally historic value or of cultural value in national, regional or local inventories;
- sites that have been approved for inclusion in the World Heritage List created under the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (Finnish Treaty Series 19/1987);
- sites that have been granted National Board of Antiquities funding for building restoration under section 19 of the Act on the Protection of Buildings or funding for architectural heritage management from a regional environment centre;
- other sites of particular historic and cultural value that are comparable to the sites referred to in paragraphs 1−6. (The applicant must submit a statement by the National Board of Antiquities regarding the historic and cultural significance of the building.)
An exemption can also be requested for the restoration or maintenance of a vehicle of historic interest or a vehicle intended to be classified as a vehicle of historic interest referred to in section 24 of the Vehicles Act (1090/2002). A vehicle of historic interest is a vehicle which is approved as being a vehicle of historic interest by an inspection station on the basis of a statement of a nationally registered historic vehicle organisation which was manufactured at least 30 years earlier and has either been kept in a condition equivalent to its original condition or restored in an appropriate manner.
Information and appendices to be submitted with an exemption application
Each exemption application must contain the following information:
- the applicant's name and contact details
- whether the application is for sale or purchase
- the subcategory the product
- the total quantity of the product to be purchased or sold
- the product's VOC content
- information about the site/vehicle for which the exemption is applied.
The application must also be accompanied by a statement concerning the grounds on the basis of which an exemption should be granted. This means a statement of the historic or cultural significance of the building or information showing the vehicle is a vehicle of historic interest or a vehicle intended to be classified as a vehicle of historic interest. If the site is another site referred to in section 6 (7) of the Decree, a statement by the National Board of Antiquities must be enclosed with the application.
The statement can be requested from the National Board of Antiquities using a free-format request that contains at least the address or other identifiers of the building.
Fees charged for exemption applications
Tukes charges a fee for the processing of an exemption application.