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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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Guide for Practitioners 7
A guide to identifying and assessing fire risk, with advice on management and an overview of legislation.
Our annual magazine showcasing technical conservation within Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and our partners.
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.
A series of case studies that demonstrate how our historic environment can make a vital contribution to Scotland’s green recovery from the pandemic and its transition to net zero and a climate resilient society.
Using Scotland’s Past to Support Our Future
Our historic environment can make a vital contribution to Scotland’s green recovery from the pandemic and its transition to net zero and a climate resilient society. Find out how in this Statement.
Designation of Conservation Areas and Conservation Area Consent
Interim guidance on the designation of Conservation Areas and Conservation Area Consent.
Guidance to help local authorities refresh their approach to local landscape designations, jointly developed by HES and NatureScot.
Interim document providing detailed guidance on the application of the Historic Environment Policy for Scotland (HEPS).
This guide looks into the thermal retrofit of traditional buildings to improve their energy performance, through a range of fabric improvements measures to different elements of a structure.
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.