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Scheduled monuments

Find out about scheduled monuments in Uttlesford and what you need to do before you carry out work on one.

Scheduled monuments are structures of special historic interest or significance, and range from earthworks to ruins to buried remains. They are protected as nationally important archaeological sites.

There are 73 scheduled monuments in the Uttlesford district. 

Find a scheduled monument

You can check for scheduled monuments in Uttlesford by searching our constraints maps (opens new window).

You can also search for all scheduled monuments in England on the National Heritage List for England (NHLE).

Scheduled monument consent

If you want to carry out any work that would demolish, damage, remove, repair, alter or add to a scheduled monument, or to carry out any flooding or tipping operations on land in, on, or under a monument you need to obtain scheduled monument consent (SMC) in advance.

If you carry out any works on a scheduled monument without consent, you are committing a criminal offence and may be fined.

It is also a criminal offence to cause reckless or deliberate damage to a scheduled monument without consent, or to use a metal detector or remove an object found with a metal detector from a protected site without a licence from the relevant authority.

How to apply

You'll need to apply for SMC from Historic England, on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Some change may also require planning permission from us.

With your application

When you apply you will also need to send Historic England:

  • a plan identifying the monument
  • other plans or drawings as are necessary to describe the works

After you've applied

You'll receive an acknowledgement letter and all owners/occupiers who are detailed in your application form will be given an opportunity to comment on your proposals.

You may be contacted for further information or to arrange a visit to examine the monument and its site.

Carrying out the work

Works carried out must comply with any conditions attached to the SMC, for example, in relation to the building material that must be used or the way in which the work must be done.

If you don't carry out any works within five years of the grant of the SMC (or other specified period), the consent will cease to have effect at the end of that period.