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Bill Documentation

The Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2011 received Royal Assent on 23 February 2011

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Bill as Introduced to Parliament

Below is a copy of the Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill as introduced to Parliament on 4 May 2010 along with its accompanying documents.

PDF icon Historic Environment (Amendment)(Scotland) Bill at Introduction [pdf, 259kb]

PDF icon Explanatory Notes [pdf, 521 kb]

PDF icon Policy Memorandum [pdf, 182 kb]

Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment

The Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) aims to provide information on the options considered in relation to the Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill and its regulatory impact across Scotland.  

PDF icon Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment [pdf, 1mb]

Current legislation

The Historic Environment (Amendment) Scotland Bill will be looking to amend some parts of current legislation in order to allow for a enhanced level of protection for the historic environment and provide an improved service to stakeholders by addressing the gaps and weaknesses identified during the stakeholder engagement process. There are three acts that could be directly effected, the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953, The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 and the Planning (listed Buildings and Conservation Areas)(Scotland) Act 1997. Copies of these acts can be accessed below along with their supporting and related documents.


Other documents you may find useful for information and to provide some context are provided below.


The draft Bill was consulted on between 20 May and 14 August 2009.  The consultation document, which incorporated a copy of the draft Bill, can be viewed via the following link:

PDF icon The Ancient Monuments and Listed Buildings (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill [pdf, 417kb]

A stand alone pdf copy of the Bill as consulted on can be viewed here:

PDF icon Bill consultation draft [pdf, 138kb]

The Heritage Protection Bill for England and Wales

A draft Heritage Protection Bill for England and Wales was published in April 2008 and subject to pre-legislative scrutiny and public consultation over the summer.  However, the Bill was not included in the Queen’s speech last December and is not part of the Westminster Government’s legislative programme for 2009-10.  According to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport the Government remains committed to this legislation and it will be brought forward at a later date as soon as Parliamentary time allows.

A copy of the Bill as published can be viewed via the following link:

PDF icon Draft Westminster Heritage Protection Bill [pdf, 3.1mb]






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Historic Scotland
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Edinburgh
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