1 Overview

We assess three main types of applications:

  • scheduling applications
  • requests for reviews of existing schedulings
  • requests for deschedulings

Assessing an application may involve a number of detailed steps before we can reach a final view.

We also:

  • work in partnership with stakeholders to assess larger areas and sites in advance of major development or planning proposals
  • carry out thematic studies of types of monuments

Find out how to propose a site for scheduling.

2 Research

When we receive an application we first carry out research to assess the site or monument against the scheduling criteria. A wide range of sources may be considered, and this stage may also include a site visit. Depending on the type of application, this stage can take a number of weeks to complete.

We write to the relevant parties if we find at this stage that the site or monument doesn’t meet the scheduling criteria.

3 Consultation

Following research, we consider the merit of the site or monument.

If we find that the site or monument may be of interest – or not of interest in the case of descheduling requests  – we reach an interim decision on the application. This is known as an 'initial view'.

We then consult with the planning authority and the owner (where possible) about this view.

The consultation period is usually 21 days. For more complex sites or larger projects this stage can take longer.

4 Completion

Following consultation, we consider the responses and make a final decision about whether to:

  • schedule
  • deschedule
  • change the boundary of the scheduling
  • update the scheduled monument record

We will normally tell the owner if a site or monument that they own or occupy has:

  • been scheduled
  • been descheduled (unless it has been destroyed)
  • had the boundary of the scheduling changed

We will also tell the planning authority, and will let them know about all deschedulings.

5 Review a scheduling decision

Appeals can be made against a number of decisions made by Historic Environment Scotland, including our decision to include or amend an entry in the schedule.

Find out more about appealing a scheduling decision.

We will only review a very recent decision to schedule if there is good reason to do so. Such reasons might include:

  • severe loss to the site or monument since its designation
  • significant evidence, not previously considered, relating to the site or monument’s interest

6 Notification of scheduling

We will try to contact the owner of a site or monument that is being considered for scheduling.

We will normally tell you if a site or monument that you own or occupy has:

  • been scheduled
  • been descheduled (unless it has been destroyed)
  • had the boundary of the scheduling changed

We will also inform the local authority and we will also let them know about all deschedulings.

In exceptional circumstances, we may schedule a site or monument without consulting with its owner.

You can write to us if you want to know who proposed your site or monument for scheduling. We consider each request individually. Data Protection legislation may mean that we can’t name the proposer.

Send your request to:

Designations Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

Email: designations@hes.scot

Find out how to propose a site for scheduling.

View the steps in the listing process.

7 Scheduling and development

Sites and monuments are considered for scheduling on a case-by-case basis. In exceptional circumstances, Historic Environment Scotland may not:

  • schedule a site or monument that is found to meet the criteria
  • review an existing scheduling

Such circumstances might include but aren’t limited to:

  • development proposals that affect the site or monument
  • an appeal period or an appeal against refusal of planning permission
  • other development proposals

Descheduling requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis where development proposals and/or enforcement issues are involved.

Where it’s highly likely that the site or monument no longer meets the criteria for scheduling, we may examine the case for descheduling even though there are unresolved development and/or enforcement issues.

8 Service standards and timescales

Our overall aim is to provide a high quality, transparent and professional service within defined timescales.

Designations service standards [PDF, 162KB]

We aim to respond to standard phone and email queries within 3 working days.

Individual designation applications

We aim to complete individual standard scheduling applications within 6 months.

Some cases may take longer and will depend largely on the scale, type of site or structure or the circumstances of the case. We will tell you if this is the case.

Project timescales

We also work on projects where we look at larger sites, areas or structure types across the country. These can be carried out in partnership with others or by ourselves. We set separate timescales for each project depending on our stakeholders needs, the scale of the project and our priorities.

You can see our current projects on our website. Most projects are completed within a year. Please contact us in advance about potential projects.

Feedback

We welcome feedback about our service. Please let us know what you think.

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

Or write to us:

Designations Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

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