It is a legal requirement to obtain the written consent of Welsh Ministers before carrying out most types of work on a scheduled monument, including repairs. This permission, Scheduled Monument Consent (SMC), can be obtained from Cadw. If you are in any doubt as to whether SMC is required you should seek advice from Cadw.
The aim of scheduling is to preserve the monument for the benefit of future generations. Applications for SMC should be supported by information explaining why the works are necessary and detailing how they will affect the site physically, including plans or drawings showing the dimensions of any ground disturbance. It is often best to discuss the proposals with Cadw staff in advance of submitting the application in order to reduce delays later.
The application for SMC must be made on the form available to download from this page or from Cadw. We aim to make a decision on the application within a maximum of 13 weeks, but most cases will be resolved much sooner. Where the application is complicated, or involves substantial intrusion such as archaeological excavation, Cadw may consult appropriate bodies for their views before determining the application. In some cases it may also be necessary for Cadw staff to meet you on site to review the application and decide whether it can be improved to reduce the impact on the monument.
Cadw will issue a provisional letter setting out our proposed decision and any conditions attached to it. If you agree the proposed decision, a final decision letter will then be issued granting consent for the works to go ahead.