Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
There may be conditions attached to the planning consent for your development that relate to archaeology. If you are a site owner or occupier, check your planning consent.
In Northern Ireland any archaeological finds must be reported within 14 days to either the:
You will also need to give details of where and how the object was found.
In Scotland if you uncover archaeological features, you must stop work and contact the local planning authority and local council archaeologist immediately.
If you find human skeletal remains or evidence of a burial ground, stop work in that area. The main contractor or person in charge of the site should contact the Police immediately. The police will contact the Coroner or in Scotland, the Procurator Fiscal and the local council archaeologist if required.
In Northern Ireland, the archaeologist directing archaeological works on your behalf must work to a programme agreed under the planning conditions and licensed under the Historic Monuments and Archaeological Objects (NI) Order 1995.
In Scotland if your working area is subject to an archaeological watching brief you must liaise and cooperate with the archaeological contractor who is to oversee your works.
Before you start work, check if your site contains protected archaeology or listed buildings. You can do this by contacting:
In Scotland, you can find out if a building is listed or is a Scheduled Ancient monument by using Pastmap.
If you are working as a sub-contractor, check with the client or main contractor if there are archaeologically sensitive areas on your site that will need to be excavated before you start work or if there are areas of the site that you must not enter.
Identify listed buildings in the area surrounding your works. Building foundations can be susceptible to vibration or ground settlement caused by adjacent deep excavations, tunnelling, piling or heavy traffic movements.
Sustainability for the Future - "DAERA’s Plan to 2050", An ambitious plan that frames the Department’s work for the next three decades.
Groundwater in Northern Ireland, DAERA have produced a leaflet to raise awareness about this untapped resource
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