Each archaeological excavation or test dig on the territory of the Brussels Capital Region is subject to authorisation.
In order to obtain the accreditation required to undertake archaeological excavations or test digs, the applicant must be an accredited archaeological researcher, the day-to-day management of the excavation or test dig will be carried out by the accredited holder (natural person) or by the natural person holding a postgraduate diploma in archaeology mentioned in the holder's accreditation (legal person) or by any other natural person holding a postgraduate diploma in archaeology and having at least 3 years' experience of archaeological fieldwork in the 10 years prior to the application for approval to carry out the excavation or test dig, spread over a minimum of 3 separate archaeological fieldwork operations. The applicant must provide a description of the technical means which will be used and the organisation of the work site, a description of the means planned for the restoration of the site and the possible conservation of the remains, as well as proof of an agreement with the owner of the site concerning the conduct of the work and the restoration of the site, and of the commitment to deliver the final report to the administration by a certain date.
Permission to carry out excavations or test digs can only be granted to accredited archaelogical researchers.
This approval will be valid until the date of submission of the final report to the administration previously announced in the application for approval