Last edited 05 Jul 2016

Government responsibility for the historic environment

In England, responsibilities for the historic environment can typically be found in three different areas of government:

  • Planning: Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
  • Culture: Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
  • Environment: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Within Scotland, responsibilities can be found within:

  • Planning: Directorate for the Built Environment and the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals
  • Culture: Directorate for Culture and Digital
  • Environment: Rural and Environment Directorate

Within Wales:

Within Northern Ireland:

  • Planning: Department of the Environment
  • Culture: Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
  • Environment: Department of the Environment

Alongside the government departments, each country has a number of national organisations with responsibilities over the historic environment.

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