Can anyone apply for a monument to be scheduled?
Yes. This approach is consistent with listing where any individual or organisation (including English Heritage) can apply for this type of protection.
How can I apply for a monument to be scheduled?
If you would like to put forward a monument for scheduling you can use our online application form to do so.
How will scheduling affect me?
If you are the owner of a scheduled monument (or are acting on behalf of the owner) and you wish to carry out works to the monument, you will need to apply for prior written permission from the Secretary of State. This is for works either above or below ground level. The procedure is known as Scheduled Monument Consent or SMC. 'Works' are defined by the 1979 Act as demolishing, destroying, damaging, removing, repairing, altering, adding to, flooding or tipping material onto the monument.
To avoid the possibility of damaging a monument, and therefore carrying out unlawful works, you are strongly advised to consult English Heritage while in the early planning stages of any intended works.
Certain development works to your property may require planning permission from your local authority, but obtaining such permission does
not remove the need for Scheduled Monument Consent.
Can I see the Schedule?
You can view scheduled monuments in your area through The National Heritage List for England.
Individual entries can also be downloaded from this site alongside a map of the scheduled asset or area.
What if I only want to apply for a minor amendment to an existing scheduling?
It is not necessary to go through our entire application process if you wish to request a minor edit to an existing entry on the National Heritage List for England. Minor amendment requests can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Details of what constitutes a minor amendment can be found here.
What can I do with my land if there is a scheduled monument on it?
Scheduling does not affect your freehold title or other legal interests in the land.
If a monument is scheduled this does not give the general public any new rights of public access. A good general rule with archaeological sites is the less disturbance of the ground the better.
Scheduling does not imply that monuments are being poorly managed or that they are under threat, and it does not impose a legal obligation to undertake any additional management of the monument. If required, we may be able to help you with expert advice, often from our locally based Historic Environment Field Advisers.