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Current consultations

Your opinion matters to us. It’s why we consider consultation a vital part of the way that Historic Environment Scotland works.

1 Overview

We share information about our consultations on our website. Many of our consultations are also advertised on the Tell Me Scotland website.

Tell Me Scotland provides a free public information notice service for Scotland. You can visit the website to find public notices from all of Scotland’s local authorities and many of its public bodies.

Can’t find the consultation you’re looking for? View our recently closed consultations or view our consultation reports

2 Draft Historic Environment Policy (HEP)

Thank you for taking part in this consultation about the new historic environment policy. Based on feedback and engagement undertaken over the past year we have produced a high level, principles based document, for the whole of this historic environment.

In this consultation we are asking for your views on the content and functionality of the resulting draft policy.


Draft Historic Environment Policy [PDF, 1.36MB]
Strategic Environmental Assessment Report [PDF, 291KB]
Strategic Environmental Assessment Non-Technical Summary [PDF, 255KB] 
Draft Equalities Impact Assessment [PDF, 455KB]
Determination Letter [PDF, 236KB]

Take part in consultation

The closing date for feedback is midnight on Monday 3 December 2018.


In 2016, we committed to a review and replacement of the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement (HESPS). This was an interim document which was put in place when Historic Environment Scotland (HES) was formed.

The What’s Your Heritage? project was the beginning of this process and we asked the people of Scotland to tell us what the historic environment means to them and how it should be looked after.

Building upon the findings of What’s Your Heritage? we have been holding conversations with colleagues and stakeholders about what about what they would like the policy to contain and what a replacement to HESPS should look like.

We were told that our new historic environment policy should be a high level, principles-based document that sets out how all of Scotland’s historic environment should be looked after and managed and that HES ought to lead that process at a strategic level.

The policy

The draft replacement policy has the working title of Historic Environment Policy (HEP). HEP is for everyone who cares about decisions that affect the historic environment. This includes those who make the decisions, as well as anyone else affected by or interested in them. This draft policy is a product of these conversations and principles. Whilst HEP will be a short, strategic document, it will be underpinned by policy guidance.