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Planning and building

Archaeological contractors

Archaeological work can be advised or required at any stage in the planning process.

Section 16 of the National Planning Policy Framework requires all applicants to consider how their proposal may affect heritage assets, including those below ground.

If you're required to carry out archaeological work you will need to employ an archaeological contractor. They will be able to give you quotes for some stages of archaeological work but only estimates for other stages, such as later stage analysis and publication costs where applicable.

The contractor may be able to provide advice on what kind of work is likely for your site, but all stages of work need to be agreed with the City Archaeologist at City of York Council.

Archaeological contractors are employed at the sole risk of the client and the council will not accept responsibility for any acts or omissions or defaults of the archaeological contractor.

Finding an archaeological contractor

To find an archaeological contractor you can search online, or you can use the Chartered Institute of Field Archaeologists (CIFA) or British Archaeological Jobs and Resources (BAJR) websites.

CIFA archaeological contractors search

The CIFA website only lists organisations that are registered with them.

Please note - there are contractors working in York who are not  CIFA registered but will still carry out work to the required standards.

CIFA registered organisation search

BAJR archaeological contractors search

Please note - The BAJR Register of Professional Archaeological Companies is based on user submitted data and carries no implied recommendation from BAJR of any company within the directory.

BAJR Directory: Contractors - MAP

York city centre Area of Archaeological Importance

If you're working outside of the planning system, for example utility company works, and need to carry out work in the city centre or any other sensitive area, contact the City Archaeologist for advice or contact York Archaeology, York Archaeological Trust's commercial archaeology services, who are the statutory investigation authority within the Area of Archaeological Importance.

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City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA