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Class Consent

Works receiving Ancient Monument Grant are covered under the Class Consent Order, and do not require a separate application for scheduled monument consent
Some types of works do not require scheduled monument consent as they are deemed to have consent, under the terms of the Ancient Monuments (Class Consents) (Scotland) Order 1996 as Amended (‘the Class Consents Order’).  Works covered under class consent include:
  • Class I: Ploughing
Where ploughing has previously lawfully been undertaken in the preceding 10 years, providing the depth of ploughing does not exceed previous depths, scheduled monument consent is not required.  

It is important to note that most changes to an agricultural regime (for example, deeper ploughing, de-stoning, sub-soiling or drainage works) would need scheduled monument consent.

  • Class V Works which are urgently necessary in the interests of health or safety

Occasionally, there is a need to carry out urgent works in the interest of health and safety.  This may include the removal of loose masonry, felling of trees or other minor works where there is an immediate threat to the public.

These works are covered under Class V of the Class Consents Order, provided that the works are limited to the minimum measures immediately necessary.

Historic Environment Scotland must be notified in writing of any works carried out under Class V.  A full description and justification of the works must be provided.  A notification form can be downloaded below.

  • Class VII Works executed under a management agreement with Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland can enter into a legal agreement to secure medium to long term management changes within a scheduled area.  Works carried out under these ‘management agreements’ are covered under class VII of the Class Consents Order.

A full list of works deemed to have consent under the Class Consents Order can be found in Scheduled 1 of the Order as Amended by The Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014 (Saving, Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Order 201, Part 4, section 20.

Related Links

Ancient Monuments (Class Consents) (Scotland) Order 1996

Related Documents

Please note, we will shortly be amending these documents as the correct website address for our Decisions Portal is

PDF icon Class V Notification Form [Pdf, 57kb]
Word document Class V Notification eForm [Word, 778kb]

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