Damage to a scheduled monument is a criminal offence and any works taking place within one require Scheduled Monument Consent from the Secretary of State. Despite perceptions to the contrary, only a very small proportion of applications for SMC is refused. Development close to a scheduled monument which might damage its setting is a material consideration in the planning system.
It is against the law to:
- Damage a scheduled monument by carrying out works without consent
- Cause reckless or deliberate damage
- Use a metal detector or remove an object found at one without a licence from English Heritage
Conviction for these offences can lead to fines.