Where works have taken place that needed consent but no consent was obtained there are a number of options open to the authorities to see that, as far as possible the heritage asset and its setting are restored to their original state. Unauthorised works may be a criminal offence.
Our historic buildings and sites also suffer irreversible harm from theft and criminal damage. Their worth to society and viability can be impaired or ruined by anti-social behaviour.
This section examines the consequences of breaching the law protecting historic buildings and sites and the enforcement options open to public authorities such as the police, CPS, local government and Historic England.
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The vast majority of our historic buildings and sites are in private ownership and maintained at personal cost.
Heritage assets at risk obviously deserve priority attention as they are irreplaceable.
All land, buildings and building works are subject to various legal compliance requirements to protect health and safety and equality of access.
There are hundreds of organisations and hundreds of thousands of people who each year give their time for free to protect the nation’s heritage.