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Scheduled Monuments

Scheduled monument consent

In this guide

2. Pre-application advice

We recommend that you contact us as early as possible before submitting any applications so that we can discuss what you want to do, advise you how best it can be achieved and which application process you should use.  We will also advise on the amount of detail your application will need to include to avoid any unnecessary delays.

Depending on the scale and impact of the works you intend, you may be asked to submit a heritage impact statement with your application. This should normally include a statement of significance and explain how your proposed works will impact on that significance and why they are necessary. You can find out more about heritage impact assessments and statements from us and in Heritage Impact Assessment in Wales.

You may also need to seek professional advice from an appropriately qualified expert to help you draw up suitable proposals and assist you with your application.

If you are also applying for planning permission for a proposal that affects a scheduled monument or its setting, it is a good idea to seek pre-application advice from us , as well as your local planning authority and regional archaeological trust.

5. Class consents

There are some activities affecting scheduled monuments which are not normally damaging and can be carried out without the need to apply for scheduled monument consent. Consent for these works is issued automatically under what are known as class consents.

Class consents include the continuation of existing agricultural or horticultural activities. For example, if a site has been ploughed within the last six years you will not normally need scheduled monument consent to continue ploughing, providing the depth of disturbance will be no greater than that previously carried out. However, you will need scheduled monument consent for deep ploughing and sub-soiling.

Class consent also applies for urgent works in the interests of health and safety, but this is restricted to the minimum measures needed immediately to prevent personal injury. For example, this might include the removal of loose or overhanging masonry due to a vehicle strike on a bridge or building, where alternative measures such as preventing public access to the area cannot be implemented. In all such cases, you should safely store the material or building fabric and inform us of the incident as soon as possible so that the extent of urgent works to be carried out can be agreed with you. We may also arrange for an inspector of ancient monuments to visit. You must not use class consents as an alternative to applying for scheduled monument consent for carrying out planned health and safety works.

The activities covered by class consents are listed in Annex 1 of our guidance Managing Scheduled Monuments in Wales.