Listing, scheduling and designations Find out about listed buildings, scheduled monuments and other designations that protect Scotland’s historic environment. Listed buildings Buildings of ‘special’ architectural or historic interest enrich Scotland’s landscape and help chart our history. Scheduled monuments Scotland’s nationally important sites are spread across the country and span around 8,000 years of human settlement. Gardens and designed landscapes These green spaces play a big role in our heritage, national identity, nature conservation and well-being. Battlefields Historic battlefields tell us much about the battles that have helped to shape our national consciousness and sense of identity. Marine heritage Underwater heritage is as important to identify, investigate and protect as our heritage on land. World Heritage Sites Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites – from Neolithic Orkney to New Lanark – are outstanding for a diverse range of reasons. Finds made on archaeological sites Discover what you need to do if you make a find on an archaeological site anywhere in Scotland. What’s Your Heritage? You answered our questions about the heritage that matters. Find out how we listened to your feedback to shape policy on decision making in the Scottish planning system. Planning and guidance Learn about our role in planning and legislation in matters affecting Scotland's historic environment. Our role in planning Discover how the historic environment is considered in the Scottish planning system and learn about our advisory role in planning. Historic Environment Policy for Scotland (HEPS) The historic environment matters us to all. This policy supports good decision making for Scotland's unique places. Legislation and guidance The main historic environment legislation in Scotland and how it shapes the advice we give. Environmental assessment Learn about our roles in environmental assessment, as an advisor, as a responsible authority and as a consultation authority. Buildings at Risk Register Search by planning authority to locate buildings at risk across Scotland. Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit Find out how SHEA reports inform the management of the historic environment. Working with other public bodies How we work with others in the Key Agencies Group on planning issues, and with planning authorities. Your property Source advice on maintaining and making changes to traditional buildings, including how to make an older property more energy efficient. Owning a traditional property Advice for owners of traditional properties that are listed and/or within a conservation area. Looking after your property Read practical guidance on looking after traditional buildings, including carrying out maintenance and repairs, and how to find skilled tradespeople and professionals to help. Making changes to your property If you plan to make changes to your property, you might need consent. Saving energy in traditional buildings Learn how to draught proof and insulate your property and reduce heat loss from sash windows. Applying for consents You may need consent if you plan to make changes to a historic building, scheduled monument or Historic Marine Protected Area. Listed building consent and conservation area consent You might need consent if you plan to make changes to a listed building or a property in a conservation area. Scheduled monument consent Scheduled monument consent is used to ensure that any changes to monuments of national importance are appropriate. Marine consent Find out how we advise on looking after Historic Marine Protected Areas, including our role in assessing the impacts of works subject to consent processes. How we take decisions on Designations and Casework Decision-making governance in Regulatory Activity in Heritage Directorate Communities Discover all the information and resources we can offer you and your community. Find out more about the work we're doing to empower communities and support them in championing their local heritage. Community groups Get advice on setting up and running a community body or organisation. Communities and funding Explore the possibilities for financing a community body or project through grants or other options. Communities and planning Get your voice heard in the community and spatial planning systems. Communities and ownership Find out how communities can help to care for our heritage. Communities and local heritage Learn more about exploring and caring for your local heritage, and what we can do to help.