Scheduled ancient monuments and listed buildings

The term ‘monument’ can refer to a range of archaeological sites from prehistoric standing stones and burial grounds to castles and monasteries.

When nationally important sites are given legal protection they are known as being ‘scheduled’; they are put on a list (or schedule) similar to listed buildings.

Scheduled ancient monuments in York

There are 22 scheduled ancient monuments (SAM) in York. These can be located on the map below or through Heritage Gateway.


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Scheduled monument consent

Consent is needed for any work that disturbs ground near or on a SAM, or results in:

  • the demolition of, destruction of or damage to a SAM
  • removing, repairing, altering or adding to a SAM
  • flooding or tipping on land, on or under which there is a SAM

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in consultation with Historic England handles applications for Scheduled Monument Consent. You may also need planning permission to carry out work. For further information, contact the Historic England Regional Office.

Listed buildings in York

Listed buildings are those structures identified as architecturally and/or historically important; there are over 1,500 listed buildings in York.

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