Advice and Support

Managing Change in the Historic Environment

Managing Change in the Historic Environment is a series of guidance notes about making changes to the historic environment.

Scottish Government’s policies on alteration or change in the historic environment are set out in Scottish Planning Policy (SPP). 

The Historic Environment Policy for Scotland (HEPS) sets out how to approach decisions in the planning system affecting the historic environment.

One of Historic Environment Scotland’s roles is to provide best practice advice and we have produced a number of guidance notes to help guide changes to the historic environment in line with HEPS and SPP.

Each Managing Change guidance note looks at a different theme in terms of:

  • the key issues that might arise
  • how best to deal with such issues
  • the reasons behind our advice
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We regularly review and update our policy advice and guidance.

When we propose any changes, we hold public consultations to ensure your opinions can help to shape the guidance we provide.

Take part in our current consultations


Heritage Directorate
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

Telephone: 0131 668 8716