Advice and Support

Consent for metal and mineral detecting

You must get consent to use equipment capable of detecting metal within a scheduled monument area.

You must apply for metal and mineral detecting consent to use any equipment capable of detecting metal within a scheduled monument area.

This includes equipment used for:

  • metal detecting
  • magnetometry
  • gradiometry
  • ground penetrating radar surveys

Metal and mineral detecting consent will normally be granted for geophysical surveys.

For metal detecting surveys, metal and mineral detecting consent will normally only be granted where the survey forms part of a wider research strategy, and provision is made for the conservation and reporting of finds.

How to apply

Applications for metal and mineral detecting consent must include:

  • details of the survey methodology
  • a plan showing the proposed survey area
  • confirmation that you have permission from the landowner to conduct the survey

Applications for metal detecting should also include:

  • a detailed research strategy outlining how the metal detecting survey will contribute to the research project’s wider aims
  • an outline of how you will conserve and analyse any finds
  • confirmation that you will declare all finds to the Treasure Trove Unit

Application forms and guidance notes

Metal and Mineral Detecting Application Guidance Notes [PDF, 62KB]
Metal and Mineral Detecting Application Form [Word, 186KB]

Metal Detecting and Scheduled Monuments [PDF, 1.41MB]
Metal Detecting: Yes or no? (Gaelic version) [PDF, 1.9MB]

Contact

Heritage Directorate
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

Telephone: 0131 668 8716
Email: hmenquiries@hes.scot

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