Archaeological remains have to be taken into account when a planning application is being considered.

The Historic Environment Record (HER) database is the main source of archaeological information for Derbyshire. It is now searchable online using the Heritage Gateway (opens in a new window).

We provide advice on sites and finds to landowners, developers and members of the public and both strategic policy and general advice to the rest of the organisation regarding our own properties. We also advise on planning applications determined by the organisation.

We provide a planning advisory service on archaeological matters to eight local planning authorities in Derbyshire outside the Peak District National Park and to Derby City Council. This includes pre-application advice to potential planning applicants and monitoring of archaeological fieldwork carried out within the planning process.


Access to HER data is generally free to members of the public and researchers. There is a charge for compiling this data should it be for commercial purposes. The charge for this service is £35.01 per hour. If you wish to obtain a time estimate for undertaking a search of this type, or for any other HER inquiries, please email Sarah Whiteley.


Steve Baker, County Archaeologist
Tel: 01629 539773.

Sarah Whiteley, Development Control Archaeologist (and HER inquiries)
Tel: 01629 539774.