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Browse our varied publications, ranging from visitor guides and coffee table books to conservation guidance leaflets and academic reference reports.
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Use and adaptation of listed buildings
This case study illustrates how a 200-year-old school building in Forfar town centre was transformed to provide much-needed affordable homes.
Designation of Conservation Areas and Conservation Area Consent
Interim guidance on the designation of Conservation Areas and Conservation Area Consent.
Interim document providing detailed guidance on the application of the Historic Environment Policy for Scotland (HEPS).
We collectively have a duty of care for our historic environment. This Policy outlines how we should undertake this duty whenever a decision in the planning system will affect Scotland's historic environment.
Building upon the findings of the What’s Your Heritage? project, this report outlines the findings of the consultation exercise on the draft Historic Environment Policy for Scotland (HEPS).
Regulations and Procedures
This document explains the functions of Historic Environment Scotland in relation to the planning system, designations and consents.
A detailed examination of past land-use in Scotland and of the building-blocks that together make up our present-day landscapes.
Results of a two year project involving the development of Historic Landuse Assessment for areas in Scotland.
Papers on the value of traditional building materials and techniques and promoting the use of Scottish resources.
This INFORM guide provides information about the maintenance and management of repairs in a shared building.
A study of the effects of the Braer oil spill on stone structures in Shetland.
This INFORM guide provides an overview of the types of biological growths that are commonly found on Scottish building and historic structures, and gives advice on their monitoring and management.