Our Planning Services

We offer a range of services to support people involved in managing change to the historic environment. In this section you'll find:

  • details of our local advice teams
  • an introduction to our advice service for government departments
  • an introduction to the work of our Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service
  • our Charter, which sets out the services we offer
  • our annual reports to government on our performance
  • our plans for improving our services

You'll find more information on these in the sections below.

  • General view of Lace Market, Nottingham.

    Local Advice

    This page explains how Historic England provides expert advice on the management of historic buildings and sites within the planning process.

  • Bridges over the Tyne river connecting Newcastle and Gateshead at night

    Enhanced Advisory Services

    Four services providing enhancements to Historic England's existing free planning and listing services.

  • Image of Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, designed 1745-48 by William Kent, built 1750-59 by John Vardy. The domed clock tower and lantern replicates a feature of the earlier horse guards on the same site.

    Government Historic Estates Unit

    The Government Historic Estates Unit (GHEU) advises government departments about how to look after the historic buildings in their care.

  • Tower of London


    Here you can find out about the work and services of the Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service (GLAAS).

  • Clock tower under conservation, Green Lane Works, Sheffield.

    Charter for Advisory Services

    Our Charter for Advisory Services sets out the service we provide for those involved in changing or influencing change to the historic environment.

  • An aerial view of Ramsgate from the south-east, taken in 1920, which shows Pugin’s house and the neighbouring church in the foreground, and the town in the background.

    Support for Place-Making and Design

    Through place-making we shape our public spaces and buildings to improve a community’s cultural, economic, social and environmental situation.

  • Site visit at Kings Cross development

    Support for Property Developers

    We work with owners and developers to give historic buildings a future.

  • View along waterway to mill chimney and conversion, Skipton.

    How We Perform

    Every year we report to government about our performance and our annual Improvement Plan for our planning services.