In this zone shall –
Every development activity within Galle Special Regulatory Area shall be carried out in
conformity with the following:
70.5 The preliminary planning clearance shall be issued within one month from the date of receiving the application. Provided, all the requirements are fulfilled, based on the recommendations of the sub – committee.
70.6 The preliminary planning clearance will not constitute a permit and shall not entitle the applicant/owner or any person authorized by the owner to commence or carry out any development activity what so ever.
70.11 Permitted uses within the Galle Fort Special Regulatory Area shall be;
Tourism industry related handicrafts show rooms,
Change of use of residential buildings for the above purposes shall maintain 35% of the building areas for residential purposes.
70.11 Following activities shall not be permitted within the “Galle Special Regulatory Area”’
Archeological and architectural interest features of the colonial period buildings within the Fort Area shall be conserved and maintained. All changes that are made without approval to the existing buildings which affects the archeological and former architectural features of the buildings shall be restored to the original design within one year from the date of direction of the UDA.
70.13 Any garage, parking or similar use for vehicle, shall not be conducted in front of the building mentioned in the above Section 70.12.
70.15 Any renovation to an existing building shall be carried out in conformity with the archeological or architectural features of that particular building.
70.16 All lands located within Galle Special Regulatory Area shall be used in an appropriate manner to protect all historical structural features of the area.
All colour scheme of the buildings shall be in accordance with the stipulated colours for the Galle Special Regulatory Area.
All internal and external appearance of the buildings shall be in harmony with the existing historical building within the Galle Fort area.
70.20 The floor finishes shall be in harmony with the archeological features of the existing buildings. Permission may be granted for rendering of cement, terra cotta tiles, rough and polished granite and pressed cement tiles for floors. Painting of the floors are not permitted.
Floor Area Ratio
Gross floor area of all floors of the building
(Percentage of coverage should not exceed 1:1.5)
Floor area at ground level X 100
(Should not exceed 75%)
No swimming pools or ponds shall be permitted within the special zone.
Landscape plan shall be provided by the Urban Development Authority for the identified special locations within the Galle Special Regulatory area.
A street lighting system should be approved by the Galle Heritage Planning Sub Committee. The design of the lamp posts should be in accordance with the approval granted by the Galle Heritage Planning Sub Committee. The main roads side of the Rampart facing Galle City to be illuminated at night.
70.26 A common design shall be introduced by the sub – committee for street name boards and name boards for the Galle Special Regulatory Area.
70.27 Existing building line shall be maintained as it is in the Galle Special Regulatory Area.
No heavy vehicles and other vehicles including buses which are more than five tones in weight shall enter into the Galle Special Regulatory Area.
70.29 All delivery vehicles enter or exist Galle Special Regulatory Area shall be limited from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m only.
70.30 Appropriate measures to the taken strategies could be used on streets to prevent vehicles entering the Galle fort area.
All existing and proposed buildings, electricity, antennas, telecom, water, drainage systems that can be covered within service facilities shall be in consistence with the development within the Fort area.
70.33 All service lines, systems should be laid underground in order to conserve and maintain world heritage character of the Galle Special Regulatory area.
DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES IN ZONE II
70.34 No construction work, minor alteration to existing buildings, excavation, construction of semi-permanent or temporary buildings shall be permitted within Galle Special Regulatory Area.
70.35 No archaeological features that exist in the old harbor area shall be removed, while using the area for activities that are specially approved by the Galle Municipal Council.
70.36 The physical features of the building in the International Cricket Complex should be maintained in conformity with the environmental features and the appearance of the Fort area.
70.37 All buildings which are not compatible with the characters of the Galle Special Regulatory Area shall be either removed or relocated in an appropriate manner.
710 In these regulations: –
“Apartment” means a unit as defined in the apartment ownership law no.11 of 1973
“Access” includes any street used as means of access to buildings or other premises whether the public have a right of way the re over or not
“Authority” means the urban development authority constituted under the urban development authority law no. 41 of 1978.
“Basement” means that part of the floor below the ground level or to and extent of 2\3 of it height below the adjoining ground level;
“Building – High – Rise” means any building with more than four floors including the ground floor or whose height at any part of it above the ground level exceeds 15.0 meters. Excluding a lift or motor room not exceeding a height of 3.0m.and not exceeding 25 sq.m. in extent or a water tank not exceeding a height of 1.5m
“Building Residential” means a building exclusively consisting of one dwelling unit or a number of dwelling units;
“Building Line” means the line up to which a building will be permitted to extend;
“Building Work” includes erection or re-erection of a building or making additions or alteration to an existing building;
“Chairman” means the chairmen of the Authority;
“Dwelling House” or Dwelling unit” means a building or part of a building consisting of a room or group of rooms forming a self-contained living unit with independent sleeping, cooking and sanitary facilities;
“Development Activity” has the same meaning as in the law;
“Existing Lot” means a lot which is in existence before the coming into operation of the law;
“Factory” includes a building or part of a building used for the manufacture or production or repair of any article;
“Flat” means a unit as defined in the apartment ownership law no. 11 of 1973
“Floor Area” means the horizontal area of a floor of a building measured from the exterior faces of exterior walls or in the case of a common wall separating two buildings from the center line of such common wall and shall include all roof projections and balconies exceeding 1.0 m. in width and all areas having a roof and capable of being enclosed.
“Floor Area Gross” means the total of the floor area of every floor in a building;
29 32 “Floor Area Ratio” means the gross floor area of all buildings on a lot divided by the area of such lot;
“Floor Space” means the horizontal area of a room or space in a building measured from the interior face of the enclosing walls,
“Housing Complex” means a group of dwelling units on a site which is permanently in common enjoyment and may include a block of flats,
“Industrial Building” includes factories, workshops and warehouse;
“LAW” means the urban development Authority law no. 41 of 1978;
“Local Authority” has the same meaning as in law,
“Lot” in relation to land means the entirety of any land which has been demarcated by boundary marks or enclosed within boundary walls or fences where such land belongs to one single person or to a set of co-owners and approved as a lot by the local Authority or the Authority;
“Owner” includes a person for the time being receiving the rent of the premises in connection with which the work is used whether in his own account or as an agent or trustee for any other person or who would receive the same if such premises were let to a tenant;
“Place of Public Assembly” means a place or building used whether regularly or occasionally for public congregation such as a theatre cinema hall, public hall, concert room, lecture room or exhibition room or for similar purpose and includes a public building;
“Planning Committee” means the committee appointed under section 8b of the law;
“Public Building” includes any building used for the purpose of public worship, instruction recreation or meeting and a medical institution or a nursing home or government office;
“Public Street” means any street over which the public have a right of way and has become vested in any authority under any low or by operation of any low and includes the drain or footway attached thereto;
“Qualified Person” in relation to a development activity means;
“Street” includes any road, footway or passage used or intended to be used as a means of access to two or more dwelling units or sites whether or not the public has right of way over such street and includes all channels, drains, ditches, sidewalks and reservation at the side thereof;
“Street line” means a line or lines defined on one or both sides of an existing street to show is future width or to show the width of a future street as determined by the authority;
“Were house” includes a building or a part of building mainly used for storing merchandise of articles for trade.
Days and times on which the Galle National Museum and Maritime Museum are open to the public :-
On all days, other than Sundays and Mondays and public holidays, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Ticket Charges :-
|Local adults||Rs. 20/-|
|Local children||Rs. 10/-|
|Local Group (School) children||Rs. 05/-|
|Foreign adults||Rs. 300/-|
|Foreign children||Rs. 150/-|
|Still Camera Permits||Rs. 250/-|
|Video Camera Permits||Rs. 2000/-|
Local and foreign official delegations, members of the clergy, members of the armed services in uniform and special groups and persons, with the written permission of the Director, will be allowed to view the museum free of charge.
For special purposes in regard to educational and media, obtaining information, still and video photography pertaining to the museum, will be allowed only on written permission from the Director.
For location photography of wedding couples, the use of the veranda and the ground opposite the National Museum and the ground opposite the Maritime Museum only will be allowed.
Among the other services offered are the sale of publications of the Department of National Museums and educational services including information and lectures for school and other groups.
Toilet facilities are available for individual visitors and groups.
Galle Fort is a cultural site, the heritage of which goes back in time to several centuries. There is recorded evidence of Galle Fort being an important international trading post, even before the advent of the Portuguese in 1505. After arriving in Sri Lanka, the Portuguese spread their rule to most of the coastal areas of the island and this strategy was adopted by the Dutch too who followed the Portuguese. Wherever they found Portuguese fortifications, they entrenched themselves and used them for defence purposes . While the British took control of the entire country, the colonial powers who preceded them, limited their activities to selected coastal areas. The presence of the Portuguese and the Dutch is evidenced by the buildings leftover by them, carrying their unique architectural features in coastal outposts all round the island, such as Kalpitiya, Chilaw, Negombo, Colombo, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Tangalle, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Jaffna, Delft, Mannar and Elephant Pass.
Out of all these centres, Galle earns a special place due to the existence of buildings containing architectural features belonging to all three colonial powers, viz., the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, in a good state of preservation, and because it continues to be a living heritage city, where the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Malays and others, with a variety of cultural identities, co-exist in harmony.
Due to these reasons, Galle Fort was inscribed in the List of World Heritages by UNESCO in 1988 so that its outstanding universal value could be protected and preserved.
It is our duty and responsibility to protect and preserve the historic cultural value of this monument, dating back to nearly 500 years, and endow it to future generations. To give practical effect to this responsibility, it is necessary to constantly create awareness among the people and also to impose laws and regulations. Such laws and regulations have been enacted not with the intention of placing difficulties on the people, but because it is the bounden duty of us all to protect our priceless cultural heritage.
When the tsunami waves struck the coast of Galle on 26th December 2004, thousands of lives were saved by the massive fortification which acted as a buffer. However, it is most regrettable that some unscrupulous persons have established various dubious institutions and are selling the cherished cultural heritage of this site for money.
All this places immense responsibility on the Galle Heritage Foundation which is the dedicated institution, established by Act of Parliament No. 07 of 1994, to protect the outstanding universal value
of this site. It is our responsibility, not merely to conserve and protect the old buildings located within this site, but also to save it from the clutches of unscrupulous local and foreign cultural thieves.
Taking into consideration the above facts, the Board of Management of the Galle Heritage Foundation, with the approval of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage, took a decision on 13.09.2005 to exercise the responsibility of granting permission and supervising still and video photography of a commercial nature within the World Heritage site of Galle Fort.
COURSE OF ACTION TO BE FOLLOWED IN OBTAINING PERMISSION FOR STILL/VIDEO PHOTOGRAPHY
CONDITIONS TO BE FOLLOWED BY APPLICANTS
MATTERS ON WHICH SPECIAL ATTENTION SHOULD BE PAID
CHARGES LEVIED FOR STILL/VIDEO PHOTOGRAPHY
|Serial No.||Programme||Minimum Charge (for a day)||Charges for each additional day||Supervision Charges (per day)|
|Films (foreign)||Rs.150000.00||Rs. 25000.00||Rs. 2000.00|
|02||Tele-dramas (foreign)||Rs.100000.00||Rs. 10000.00||Rs. 2000.00|
|03||Documentaries (foreign)||Rs.100000.00||Rs. 10000.00||Rs. 2000.00|
|04||Educational Programmes (foreign)||Rs.100000.00||Rs. 10000.00||Rs. 2000.00|
|05||Commercials (foreign)||Rs.150000.00||Rs. 25000.00||Rs. 2000.00|
|06||Still Photography (foreign)||Rs. 10000.00||Rs. 5000.00||Rs. 2000.00|
|07||Films (local)||Rs. 40000.00||—||Rs. 1000.00|
|08||Tele-dramas (local)||Rs. 25000.00||—||Rs. 1000.00|
|09||Documentaries (local)||Rs. 25000.00||—||Rs. 1000.00|
|10||Educational Programmes (local)||Rs. 10000.00||—||Rs. 1000.00|
|11||Commercials (local)||Rs. 50000.00||—||Rs. 1000.00|
|12||Still Photography (local)||Rs. 5000.00||—||Rs. 1000.00|
|13||Musical Videos (local)||Rs. 15000.00||—||Rs. 1000.00|
|14||Reality Shows (local)||Rs. 25000.00||—||Rs. 1000.00|
The Fort in Galle is a declared archaeological monument. The area surrounded by the rampart walls and its buffer zone are a living heritage site where people live and carry out their day to day activities. Therefore, it is necessary to regulate still and video photography and other activities within this area, so that it would not cause a nuisance to the residents, visitors and others. Therefore, only such permitted activities will be allowed, subject to the following conditions: –