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.
Latest provisions in force
Learn more about the provisions of the Act and supporting regulations brought into effect on 31 May 2017.Find out more
Fact sheets have been prepared to highlight some of the changes made by the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016.Find out more