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Scottish Historic Environment Policy

The Scottish Historic Environment Policy (SHEP) sets out Scottish Ministers policies, providing direction and a policy framework that informs the work of a wide range of public sector organisations and others involved in managing the historic environment.

The Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) created Historic Environment Scotland and amended statutory processes relating to the historic environment.  The SHEP has not been updated to reflect the creation of Historic Environment Scotland or the associated changes in  process, it should therefore be read in conjunction with the following legislation and regulations, as well as the Historic Environment Circular 1.

The following primary legislation (as amended):

  • Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979;
  • Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997;
  • Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005; and
  • Marine (Scotland) Act 2010.

The following Regulations:

In addition, the following Orders and Directions:

PDF icon Scottish Historic Environment Policy - December 2011 [pdf, 636KB]

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