Cross Compliance: Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2015 (GCCE 2015 v1)

GAEC 7e: Ancient Monuments

(Previously GAEC 7)

Ancient Monuments are nationally important sites that have been given legal protection by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport due to their archaeological or historic interest.

Check the National Heritage List to see if you have a listed ‘scheduled monument’.

Or, you can check the Historic Environment Record held by your local authority.

What you must do

You must not:

  • without prior written scheduled monument consent from the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport:
    • demolish, destroy, damage, remove, repair, alter or add to a Scheduled Monument
    • complete flooding or tipping operations on land in, on or under a Scheduled Monument.

You must:

  • comply with the conditions attached to any consent granted by the Secretary of State

You may not have broken these rules if:

  • you took all reasonable precautions, and exercised all due diligence, to avoid or prevent any damage to the monument, or
  • the works were urgently necessary in the interests of health or safety and that written notice for the works was given to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport as soon as reasonably possible.

More information

Department for Culture Media and Sport have also published more guidance online about ‘Scheduled monuments’.


Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage): 0870 333 1181

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