The Washington Charter: Charter on the Conservation of Historic Towns and Urban Areas (1987)


ICOMOS General Assembly

This Charter, adopted by the ICOMOS General Assembly in 1987, establishes the principles and guidelines for the protection and conservation of historic towns. The Charter seeks to complement the Venice Charter, whose emphasis is on the individual monument. It addresses such issues as:

  • integration of preservation objectives into planning policies;
  • qualities of historic towns that should be preserved;
  • participation of residents in the preservation process; and
  • the social and economic aspects of historic town preservation.