Heritage help

Historic Environment Record service

Our Historic Environment Record (HER) is maintained by our HER officer with support from our archaeologist. We hold the following information in our historic buildings, sites and monuments record (HBSMR):

  • designated heritage assets, including listed buildings, scheduled monuments and registered parks and gardens
  • monuments
  • events – excavations and surveys on archaeological sites
  • find spots
  • historic landscape characterisations
  • unpublished reports and notes
  • historic mapping.

Ask for information from the HER

We can tell you what records are held about the historic and archaeological importance of an area by carrying out a HER search, which includes:

  • a summary of the number of records of each type within the search area
  • a map showing all records within the search area
  • a report of all those records, provided as PDFs

We can also supply search results in shape files, for example MapInfo or ESRI format.

Please provide as much detail as possible when you ask for a search. We need a map showing the area you’re interested in or an ordnance survey reference number. If you’re providing a grid reference, please specify how wide a search you need. We usually search a 500m or 1km radius.

request information from the HER


We charge £120 per hour for HER searches. Most searches take an hour and we’ll let you know if the search will take longer. An extra £55 fee will apply when shape files are needed. Concessions are available for academic research.

We aim to give you results of the search within 20 working days. Your search results will be supplied to you electronically in PDF format. Please let us know on the search request form if you need paper copies – there may be an extra fee to cover printing and postage costs.

Works to historic buildings and proposals for new buildings in historic areas

Our conservation and heritage officer can give you pre-application advice on listed buildings and conservation areas during the planning process.

ask for advice about whether you need permission

For the latest heritage news use our latest planning announcements.

Our policies

You can view our access and charging policy, and our information services policy by visiting the our priorities and strategies pages. Just use the link below and look under the ‘places’ section.

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