The Institute for Restoration of Dubrovnik was established by Decision of the municipal Assembly on the 10th October 1979 as a specialized institution for organization and coordination of the restoration works on the monuments damaged in the earthquake of the 15th April 1979.
By the Law for restoration of endangered historic centre of Dubrovnik it was established that the Institute for Restoration of Dubrovnik performs specific and other activities on organization and implementation of the Restoration programme of endangered historic centre of Dubrovnik which includes, together with the historic centre, the contact zones of Pile and Ploče. This Law defines that the historic centre of Dubrovnik is under specific social protection and the restoration works are of a specific common interest.
Due to realization of common interest and ensuring the social influence to the renovation of the historic centre the Board for Restoration of Dubrovnik was formed by the Law. In the period from October 1990 to January 1995 the president of the Board for Restoration of Dubrovnik was Mr. Franjo Tuđman, the President of the Republic of Croatia. The Board held its last session on 26th March 1998. The Board for Restoration of Dubrovnik had three commissions; Commission for finances, Commission for legal matters and Commission for promotion of cultural heritage. In July 1993 the Board for Restoration of Dubrovnik established the Council of the Institute for Restoration of Dubrovnik as a new managing body that would bring annual restoration programmes and other operative decisions.
y the Act of alterations and amendments of the Law for restoration of the endangered historic centre of Dubrovnik on 7th November 1999 the Institute for Restoration of Dubrovnik has been reorganized as a public institution whose founders became the Republic of Croatia by 60% share, the City of Dubrovnik by 20% share and the Dubrovnik-Neretva county by 20% share. The Managing Board manages the Institute and its members are appointed by the Croatian Government (the president and two members), while two members are appointed by the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
The Institute for Restoration of Dubrovnik, pursuant to the Law, takes care of the endangered historic centre and the other immovable cultural assets in terms of organization and implementation of the restoration programme in the area of the ninth (IX) seismic zone.
These activities are particularly based on organization and coordination of:
elaboration of preliminary documentation (architectural surveys of the existing state of the monuments, various studies, reviews, projects), previous researches and preparatory works, investment programmes, activities on relinquishing restoration works, professional supervision during the restoration works in consistence with the restoration programme, monitoring and execution of the investment programmes in regard to the funds' expenditure, dynamics and terms, coordination of the participants' works on restoration as well as the other activities defined by law. In addition to the stated activities which are related to the direct realization of the Restoration programme of the historic centre of Dubrovnik, there are other activities like mortgaged law in terms of protection the invested financial means.
Due to specific and complex works on the restoration of monuments the Institute has the Expert Advisory Board for restoration of Dubrovnik which started with its work in 1984 under the title of the Expert Advisory Commission. Its members are appointed by the Managing Board of the Institute for Restoration of Dubrovnik and they are experts on cultural heritage and representatives of Ministry of culture, Ministry for protection the environment and architecture, City of Dubrovnik, Croatian Chamber of architects and engineers and the Croatian Conservators' Society. Since their start the Expert Advisory Commission and the Expert Advisory Board have held 95 sessions in total which signifies an extremely valuable professional work on the advancement of the Dubrovnik cultural heritage restoration.
The work of the Institute for Restoration of Dubrovnik as a public institution is defined by legal issues and realization of the annual programme approved by the Managing Board of the Institute. Within the date of 31st September 2010 the Institute has 12 employees.