General Introduction

This is a guide to the law, policy and guidance that exist to protect our historic areas, sites, buildings and monuments in England.

It provides a brief summary in each topic area and provides links to the related law, policy or guidance.

It is designed to be an introduction to these topics for owners, developers, local authority decision-makers and all those with an interest in heritage conservation in England.

The guide only summarises the law, policy or guidance. In any particular case it may be necessary to consult the primary source and seek independent advice. Failing to adhere to the law may be a criminal offence.

The guide does not represent the views or advice of Historic England unless expressly stated. The source of any Historic England advice is quoted in the guide.