The Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 was passed by the National Assembly for Wales on 9 February 2016 and became law after receiving Royal Assent on 21 March 2016. It has three main aims:

  • to give more effective protection to listed buildings and scheduled monuments;
  • to improve the sustainable management of the historic environment; and
  • to introduce greater transparency and accountability into decisions taken on the historic environment.

The Act amends the two pieces of UK legislation — the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 and the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 — that currently provide the framework for the protection and management of the Welsh historic environment. It also contains new stand-alone provisions relating to historic place names; historic environment records and the Advisory Panel for the Historic Environment in Wales.