The annexed table sums up Belgian legislation into force ruling the protection and trade control of cultural goods.
The table sums up legislation by competent authority.
Article 127 of the Belgian Constitution assigns cultural matters to communities.
The Special Law of 8 August 1980 transferred competence for cultural heritage to the Communities and the Special Law of 8 August 1988 transferred competence for monuments and sites to the Regions. Therefore, in Belgium, movable cultural heritagefalls within the powers of the three Belgian communities (Flemish, French and German-speaking) while the powers to regulate immovable cultural heritagebelong to the Regions (Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels). An exception has been established for the Brussels Region, which holds, since 2014 the powers to regulate the protection of both immovable and movable cultural goods (but no specific legislation has been adopted yet by the Region).