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Temple Registration Regulations

  • PostDate:1936-01-04 00:00

Article 1

Each monastery/temple/convent which keeps and/or is occupied by monks/nuns, whether it be an official public construction, established through donations, or privately funded is required to register in accordance with this regulation, as well as the regulations regarding census registration and fixed property.

Article 2

The temple’s registration consists of the sum registration and the change registration. The sum registration is held by every ten years and the change registration is held by every year. Registration of a new temple is the same as sum registration and should apply when it is first established.

Article 3

The trustee monk/nun is responsible for registration. For those without trustee(s), the manager is responsible for applying to register.

Article 4

The registration of the temple include the following:

1. Registration of Resident.

2 .Registration of Property.

3 .Registration of Possessions.

Article 5

Registration of resident will state where the priests reside. However, it is required to declare and register other residentes as they occur.

The above mentioned priests refer to monks, nuns, and clergy.

Article 6

The registration of property will list the construction of the temple, its subsidiary utilities or all fixed/unfixed property from which the temple benefits. The registration of possessions will list all antiques, including statues, sculptures, scriptures, worship instruments and paintings, which are preserved for religious or historical or artistically related value.

Article 7

Offices for submission of temple registration are: City or county government at the county or city level, the Social Bureau at the capital cities level, and for the specially administered area (such as Wei-Hai-Wei autonomic administration), its district office.

Article 8

Offices in charge of temple registration, should prepare the forms below:

1. General Condition of the Temple Form.

2. Residents of the Temple Form.

3. Temple Property Form.

4. Temple Possessions Form.

5. Certificate of Temple Registration.

6. Temple Registration Renewal Form.

7. Certificate of Temple Registration Renewal.

The length, width and measurement of above mentioned forms and certificates will be printed by the offices in charge, in accordance with the sample provided by The Ministry of the Interior.

Article 9

Offices in charge of temple registration will inform the temple, at time of sum registration, about the time limit to obtain and fill out forms #1 to #4 which were stated in the eighth articlethe facts have been investigated and verified to be true, three copies of the forms will be made, and one copy of each form and certificate will be returned to the temple.  If the results of investigation differ from content of the form, the certificate will not be issued until amendments have been completed.

The certification fee may not exceed one dollar.

A copy of the registration forms will be filed in the offices in charge, while the other two copies will be sent to the provincial or city government for reference.

Article 10

After registration has been completed, the office in charge should inform the temple annually about the time limit to obtain and fill out the form for Temple Registration Renewal. Once the facts have been investigated and verified to be true, three copies of the form will be made and one copy each of the Renewal Registration form and Renewal Registration Certificate will be returned to the temple.If the results of investigation differ from the content of the form, the certificate will not be issued until amendments have been completed.  The filing procedure is as per previous.

The Renewal Registration Certificate fee may not exceed one cent.  Temples that have no renewal to declare will submit the status by other forms promulgated.

Article 11

Temples delay registration after being informed, and newly established temples that did not submit registration, will be forced to do so.If they produce no particular reason for such a delay, the trustee or manager will be dismissed.

Article 12

If the registration submitted is found to deliberately misleading or falsified, the temple will be forced to re-register and may dismiss its trustee or manager.On occasions criminal laws have been violated, they will be tried in a court of law.

Article 13

This regulation is not applicable to Catholic, Christian, Muslim and Lamaism temples.

Article 14

These regulations become effective on the date of their  promulgation.