Buckinghamshire Council Archaeology Service
The Buckinghamshire Council Archaeology Service (BCAS) provides expert advice and guidance to the Local Planning Authorities and other interested parties. We also maintain the local Historic Environment Record (HER).
The government has planning policies in place to protect heritage assets. The outcome of your planning application can be affected if your proposed development site:
- is likely to affect a heritage asset
- lies in an area of known archaeological potential
How to make a request
You can request advice, a site visit, or approval of certain documents online. Please contact us if you are in any doubt which service you need.
View our full schedule of charges.
The government must give permission for any change to protected ancient monuments. For information and advice contact Historic England.
Archaeological Notification Areas (ANAs)
ANAs are areas where there is evidence of archaeological remains. Our notification map shows all current ANAs. The boundary of each ANA is subject to change. This can be due to new evidence or re-interpretation of existing information.
Archaeological considerations may also be encountered outside notification areas, particularly for larger developments.
Contact us if you are in doubt about archaeological requirements for a site.
Solent-Thames archaeological framework
This framework surveyed and characterised all aspects of the rich and diverse past of the Solent-Thames area, from the Palaeolithic period to the present day.
Read more about the Solent-Thames framework.
Advice for metal detectorists and amateur archaeologists
If you believe you have uncovered potential treasure during an archaeological or metal detecting survey, read our advice for metal detectorists and amateur archaeologists.