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Managing Change in the Historic Environment: Works on Scheduled Monuments

Front cover of Works on Scheduled Monuments

This document is part of a series of non-statutory guidance notes about managing change in the historic environment. They explain how to apply the policies in the Historic Environment Policy for Scotland.

This guidance note sets out the legal requirements relating to works on scheduled monuments under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. It explains the process for applying for consent and the mechanisms for dealing with unauthorised works. In addition, the note aims to give owners, occupiers and land users clear guidance on their legal obligations when undertaking works on scheduled monuments.

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. Find out more about our current consultations.