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How to apply for scheduled monument consent

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Filling in the application form

Applicants must complete a scheduled monument consent application form.  This can be completed and submitted electronically or by post.  The scheduled monument consent application pack contains the application form and guidance on how to fill it out.  

Historic Environment Scotland offers a free pre-application checking service where we will be happy to comment on draft applications and give you advice as to whether they contain sufficient information to be validated.

What if I am applying on behalf of a Government department or agency?

Crown bodies are not subject to the 1979 Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act, and therefore do not have to apply for scheduled monument consent.  For these bodies there is a non-statutory parallel system to scheduled monument consent called scheduled monument clearance.  This system is administered by Historic Environment Scotland and applies the same standards and tests to works carried out to scheduled monuments by such bodies.  Such applicants should complete a scheduled monument clearance application form.

What is ownership notification?

An important aspect of the application process is the Ownership Notification Form (included in the application pack).  If you are not the sole owner of the monument to which the works relate, you must serve notice of your intention to apply for scheduled monument consent on all owners, occupiers or agricultural tenants.  Owners have 3 weeks to make representation about the works you have proposed.  Your application will not be accepted unless the correct notification has been served.

What information do I need to include?

An application is first checked to ensure it contains the required information and an acknowledgement is issued.  Applications for scheduled monument consent must contain the following information:
  • a written description of the works to which it relates
  • the name or location of the scheduled monument to which the works relate or a description of the location of the land
  • the name and address of the applicant and, where an agent is acting on behalf of the applicant, the name and address of that agent
  • a plan or drawing, sufficient to identify the area of land to which the works relate
  • such other plans and drawings as are necessary to describe the works to which it related
  • appropriate ownership certificates and notices (Other Parties Notification (when necessary) and Certificate of ownership)

This is the minimum information required for an application to be accepted. The level of supporting documents required to determine a scheduled monument consent application will vary, depending on the scale and nature of the works proposed. Generally, the greater the complexity of the works, the greater the level of information and justification required.

Where can I see my Scheduled Monument Consent application?

Scheduled monument consent applications will be made publicly available by Historic Environment Scotland on its online Decision Portal during the application process (normally within five working days of receiving an application that satisfies the information requirements). Historic Environment Scotland will publish the application form and supporting documentation. We will remove personal information from documents that we publish, including signatures, personal email addresses and telephone numbers but beyond this you must advise Historic Environment Scotland if there are particular reasons why you think any document, or part of document, you have provided cannot be published.

Once an application has been determined, Historic Environment Scotland will publish the decision notice and associated report on handling. Any representations made concerning an application that are material to the determination of the application will be addressed in the report on handling.

Visit our Decisions Portal to search and view applications and decisions for scheduled monument consent, search for scheduled monuments and other designations and for spatial downloads.

When will I receive a decision?

A scheduled monument consent application normally takes up to 8 weeks to be determined, but many applications are determined well within this timescales. However, particularly complex applications may take longer; where this is likely to be the case Historic Environment Scotland will discuss and agree appropriate timescales with the applicant.

What do I do if I do not agree with the decision?

Applicants for scheduled monument consent have the right to appeal to Scottish Ministers against:
  • refusal of an application for scheduled monument consent
  • granting an application for scheduled monument consent subject to conditions
  • refusing an application for variation or discharge of conditions (related to a scheduled monument consent application)
  • granting an application for variation or discharge of conditions (related to a scheduled monument consent application) subject to conditions
  • refusing an application for subsequent approval required by a conditions to which a scheduled monument consent is subject
  • failure to determine scheduled monument consent or variation thereof within a two month period

Appeals must be made in writing on a form obtained from Scottish Ministers.  Appeals may be submitted online; forms and guidance for doing do are available at the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals or www.eplanning.scotland.gov.uk

What happens after I have my consent?

Often a scheduled monument consent is granted with conditions.  Conditions are important and must be read and understood as they can limit and control the way in which the consent may be implemented.  To receive written confirmation that a condition has been complied with, you should apply  for a discharge of conditions attached to a scheduled monument consent.  Such an application is made on a form obtained from Historic Environment Scotland and should demonstrate that the condition has been complied with.  If you wish to request a variation to a condition an application should be made of a form available from Historic Environment Scotland.

Further Information

More information on the Scheduled Monument Consent Process see Guidance for applicants and Historic Environment Circular 1
Related Documents

Scheduled Monument Consent Application Forms and Guidance


PDF Application Forms and Guidance Notes

Scheduled Monument Consent e-Application Form Part A [PDF, 70kb]
Scheduled Monument Consent e-Application Form Part B [PDF, 34kb]
Scheduled Monument Consent e-Application Form Part C [PDF, 46kb]
Scheduled Monument Consent Application Guidance Notes [PDF, 66kb]


eApplication Forms

Scheduled Monument Consent e-Application Form Part A [DOC, 133kb]
Scheduled Monument Consent e-Application Form Part B [DOC, 63kb]
Scheduled Monument Consent e-Application Form Part C [DOC, 83kb]


Scheduled Monument Consent Variation and Discharge of Condition Application Forms and Guidance


PDF Application Forms and Guidance Notes

Scheduled Monument Consent Variation or Discharge of Condition e-Application Form Part A [PDF, 47kb]
Scheduled Monument Consent Variation or Discharge of Condition e-Application Form Part B [PDF, 30kb]
Scheduled Monument Consent Variation or Discharge of Condition e-Application Form Part C [PDF, 33.1kb]
Scheduled Monument Consent Variation or Discharge of Condition e-Application Guidance Notes [PDF, 67.8kb]


eApplication Forms

Scheduled Monument Consent Variation or Discharge of Condition e-Application Form Part A [DOC, 127kb]
Scheduled Monument Consent Variation or Discharge of Condition e-Application Form Part B [DOC, 62kb]
Scheduled Monument Consent Variation or Discharge of Condition e-Application Form Part C [DOC, 81.5kb]


Scheduled Monument Clearance Application Forms and Guidance


PDF Application Forms and Guidance Notes

Scheduled Monument Clearance e-Application Form [PDF, 46kb]
Scheduled Monument Clearance e-Application Form [DOC, 127kb]
Scheduled Monument Clearance Guidance Notes [PDF, 44kb]






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