The Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement 2016 guides the operation of decision making in the Scottish planning system. 

It sets out how Historic Environment Scotland fulfils its regulatory and advisory roles and how it expects others to interpret and implement Scottish Planning Policy. It is a material consideration in the Scottish planning system.

Download Historic Environment Circular 1 for more detail on how these processes work.

The Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement 2016 replaces the operational practices which were set out in the Scottish Historic Environment Policy (2011). These practices changed as a result of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014, and the associated legislation and regulations. 

The Policy Statement reflects the changes and sets out the resulting updated operational practices. It should be read in conjunction with its accompanying letter.

Download the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement

Download the accompanying letter


Heritage Directorate
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

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