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.

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