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Examples of work requiring scheduled monument consent

Examples of the types of work which require scheduled monument consent can be found in the table below. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.  If you are unsure whether a particular activity requires consent please email Historic Scotland for advice at hs.smc@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.


Category of works Examples
Any works resulting in the demolition or destruction of or any damage to a scheduled monument
  • Excavation of any part of the monument, regardless of the size of the excavation
  • Removal of all or part of a scheduled monument
  • Insertion or repair of drainage

Any works for the purpose of removing or repairing a scheduled monument or any part of it or of making any alterations or additions thereto
  • Consolidation works to a monument
  • Removal of material, soil or structures from a scheduled area
  • Felling or planting of trees
  • Erection, removal or replacement of fencing
  • Erection of sign posts / information  boards
  • Construction of new paths
  • Erection of polytunnels
  • Excavation of any part of the monument, regardless of the size of the excavation
  • Erection of temporary installations
  • Field walking

Any flooding or tipping operations on land in, on or under which there is a scheduled monument
  • Diverting a drain out with a scheduled area which results in the flooding of all or part of the monument
  • Altering the flow of a stream or river which results in the flooding of all or part of the monument
  • Importing of topsoil or other materials into the scheduled area, whether temporary or permanent

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