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Scheduled Monument Consent Process

Scottish Historic Environment Policy sets out Scottish Ministers’ policy on scheduled monument consent. It is the value of the monument to the nation’s heritage that is the primary consideration in determining applications for scheduled monument consent. Works on scheduled monuments should normally be the minimum necessary to conserve the important features of a monument.

As each monument will require treatment specific to its individual characteristics, significance and condition, any proposed change to it must be fully and explicitly justified. Certain works may be appropriate at one monument, but not at another.

Pre-application discussions and free checking service

Historic Scotland offers a free pre-application discussion and checking service for scheduled monument consent applications. Our Heritage Management Officers are happy to offer advice on proposals at an early stage, and comment on the content of draft scheduled monument consent applications.   This can often enable consent to be granted up to 4 weeks earlier.

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply for scheduled monument consent, but must give the owner of the monument due notice of making the application and will need the permission of the owner before undertaking any works.


There is no charge to make an application for scheduled monument consent. Applications are made by completing an application form which can be downloaded below or requested from Historic Scotland. Applications can be submitted electronically, or by post.

As applications can cover works ranging from the erection of a fence or the felling of a tree to the full consolidation or restoration of a ruinous building, the amount of information required will vary greatly.  In applications for consolidation or restoration schemes, or where excavation is required, the involvement of a professional with appropriate experience may well be necessary.

More information on the Scheduled Monument Consent (SMC) Process see Guidance for applicants.

Related Links
Scottish Historic Environment Policy

Related Documents

PDF icon Fencing Works on Scheduled Monuments [PDF, 34kb]
PDF icon Tree Works on Scheduled Monuments [PDF, 41kb]
PDF icon Ground Breaking Works on Scheduled Monuments [PDF, 37kb]

Contact us

Heritage Management Directorate
Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8716