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Scheduled ancient monuments

Ancient monuments

A scheduled ancient monument is a building, structure or any other work above or below ground (other than a dwelling house or building in use for ecclesiastical purposes) that is included in a schedule compiled by the Secretary of State under the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

It is an offence to carry out any works or operations that would in any way affect or alter a scheduled ancient monument without first having obtained Scheduled Monument Consent from the Secretary of State (not the council).

Such works can include repair and cleaning. The need for Scheduled Monument Consent is separate from any requirement for planning permission. Where a structure also appears on the list of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, the Ancient Monument legislation takes precedence.

Scheduled Monument Consent

Application forms and guidance notes are available from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Contact details

Telephone: 0300 330 7000