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We're changing

We are creating a new public body, Historic Environment Scotland, which will come into effect from 1 October 2015. While we work on shaping our future we can reassure you that all services and products will continue as normal. We will continue to keep you up to date on developments. Please follow our progress and find out more about our new organisation.


Government policies concerning alteration or change within the Historic Environment are set out in the Scottish Historic Environment Policy (2011), [PDF, 312KB] and The Scottish Planning Policy 2014 [PDF, 524KB].

Because these documents use technical and shorthand language we have produced a series of Guidance Notes [‘MCGN’s’] which are intended to ‘translate’ policies into everyday context and language.

Our key aims are to identify the main issues which can arise in different situations, to advise on how best to deal with these, and to do so in a way that enables everyone to understand the reasoning which underlies our advice.

Managing Change Guidance Notes

PDF icon Accessibility [PDF, 4.5MB]
PDF icon Battlefields [PDF, 11MB]
PDF icon Boundaries [PDF, 4MB]
PDF icon Demolition [PDF, 2MB]
PDF icon Doorways [PDF, 3.7MB]
PDF icon Engineering Structures [PDF, 3.8MB]
PDF icon External fixtures [PDF, 3MB]
PDF icon External Walls [PDF, 3MB]
PDF icon Extensions [PDF, 3MB]
PDF icon Fire Safety Management [PDF, 2MB]
PDF icon Interiors [PDF, 3MB]
PDF icon Micro-renewables [PDF, 3MB]
PDF icon Roofs [PDF, 3MB]
PDF icon Setting [PDF, 2MB]
PDF icon Shopfronts [PDF, 3MB]
PDF icon Wave and Tidal Energy Guidance [PDF, 5MB]
PDF icon Wave and Tidal Energy Guidance Large Print [PDF, 351KB]
PDF icon Windows [PDF, 3MB]
PDF icon Works on Scheduled Monuments [PDF, 776KB]

PDF icon Intervention by Planning Authorities [PDF, 62KB]
PDF icon Appeals, Purchase Notices and Compensation: the rights of the applicant [PDF, 50KB]
PDF icon Glossary [PDF, 59KB]

Contact us

Heritage Management Directorate
Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8716