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We have created a new public body, Historic Environment Scotland. While we work on shaping our future we can reassure you that all services and products will continue as normal. Please follow our progress and find out more about our new organisation.
Who decides what is to be scheduled?Historic Scotland deals directly with all matters affecting scheduled monuments, on behalf of Scottish Ministers. The final decision on what is scheduled rests with Historic Scotland.
How are sites selected for scheduling?Most scheduling takes place as part of a rolling programme focusing on those parts of Scotland that appear to be under-scheduled, and where scheduling will most quickly make a positive difference. Historic Scotland may commission thematic research to inform this analysis.
How are sites assessed for national importance?Historic Scotland assesses monuments against guidance and criteria set out by Scottish Ministers. This takes account of a wide range of factors, including artistic, archaeological, architectural, historic, traditional, aesthetic, scientific and social.
Is scheduling the same as listing?Scheduling is not the same as listing, which is designed to protect historic buildings and structures and is an entirely different legal process. However, both provide a foundation to ensure the management of change is informed.
Historic Environment Scotland
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8766