Planning and building

Areas of Archaeological Importance

Areas of archaeological importance

York is one of 5 cities that has been designated as an 'Area of Archaeological Importance' (AAI) under Part 2 of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

Map of archaeological areas

The map shows the 7 areas of archaeological importance in York:

  • City centre area
  • Acomb
  • Dringhouses
  • Middlethorpe
  • The Retreat
  • Heworth
  • Glen Road

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Work in an Area of Archaeological Importance

You must complete and return an operations notice (free of charge) to our Design, Conservation and Sustainable Development team and the York Archaeological Trust (YAT) before any work can start in an AAI, including:

  • disturbance of ground (including work by Utilities)
  • tipping on the ground
  • flooding of the ground

York Archaeological Trust will decide whether:

  • they have any interest in your intended work
  • archaeological intervention is required

The scale of any potential archaeological work will depend on the level and nature of the intended works.

See our guidance document for further information on working in York outside of the planning system.

Areas of Archaeological Importance and the law

It's an offence to carry out work in an AAI without an operations notice or within 6 weeks of submitting the notice.

It's also an offence to use a metal detector within an AAI.

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