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

We’ve taken these high-level documents and put them into everyday language and contexts.

The aim is to explain clearly:

  • the best practices for managing change in the historic environment
  • how to apply SPP requirements

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

The Historic Environment Policy Statement provides detail on how the high level policy in SPP should be applied in practice.

Guidance notes for download

Accessibility
Boundaries
Demolition

Doorways
Engineering Structures
External Fixtures
External Walls
Extensions
Fire Safety Management
Historic Battlefields
Interiors
New Design in Historic Settings
Micro-renewables
Roofs
Setting
Shopfronts and Signs
Wave and Tidal Energy
Windows
Works on Scheduled Monuments

Intervention by Planning Authorities [PDF, 62KB]
Appeals, Purchase Notices and Compensation: The rights of the applicant [PDF, 50KB]
Glossary [PDF, 59KB]

Contact

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

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

 

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