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The scheduling process

Scheduling Team at work
Scheduling is an ongoing process. We assess and reassess monuments as our knowledge and understanding of what survives and its importance changes, and as each generation creates more archaeology.

Sometimes monuments are amended to bring the maps and descriptions up-to-date. The process of amending schedulings (sometimes called rescheduling) is the same as for scheduling.

Usually a monument is scheduled for all time.

Occasionally we may deschedule a monument that no longer meets the criteria, for example, if our understanding of the significance of a site has changed with new information, or if it has been badly damaged or destroyed.

Sites are considered for scheduling on a case-by-case basis. In exceptional circumstances, Historic Environment Scotland, may not schedule a site which meets the criteria. Such circumstances might include but aren't limited to:

  • development proposals that affect the monument
  • an appeal period or an appeal against refusal of planning permission
  • other development proposals
  • Where a site is at imminent risk of loss due to natural processes such as coastal erosion
  • Where the significance of a site might be better recognised through an alternative designation such as listing

Owner involvement

We will contact you if a site you own, occupy or manage is being considered for scheduling or rescheduling. We’ll explain what’s involved and what the implications might be.

We’ll generally need to visit the site to make our assessment. We will contact you to arrange access.

Soon after our visit, we’ll write to tell you whether or not we propose to progress the case.

When the proposal is ready, you’ll be sent full details and a map of the area proposed for scheduling. We’ll invite you to comment before we reach our final decision.


The scheduling process usually takes about around 6 months to complete. Complex cases may take longer.

Appeal a scheduling decision

We are always happy to review our scheduling decisions. You can request a review using our online proposal form.

If you are unhappy with our scheduling decision, owners, occupiers and tenants have a statutory right of appeal for:

  • new schedulings
  • amendments to existing scheduling – for example, if a change is made to the scheduled area, or its name or description

Appeals are made to the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA). They can be made on the grounds that the scheduled monument is not of national interest and should be removed from the schedule.

You must make your appeal within three months of our notification of the new or amended scheduling. Only those directly affected by a listing are eligible to appeal. However, interested parties may be able to make representations during the appeals process.

There’s no statutory right of appeal for:

  • deschedulings
  • decisions not to schedule

However, if new information comes to light in these cases we will review our decision.

How to appeal

Appeals to Scottish ministers are processed on their behalf by DPEA. There is no fee to make an appeal.

Appeal forms and guidance notes for making appeals are available at DPEA:

Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals
4 The Courtyard
Calendar Business Park
Callendar Road


Telephone: 01324 696 400

After the appeal process is complete DPEA will prepare and issue a decision notice. This will spell out the terms of the decision and also the reasons for it. The notice will be sent to the appellant. Everyone who has participated in the appeal will be told about the decision.

The decision notice will also be published on the online case file at the DPEA website.

Contact us

Designations Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8766