Chester AAI

The Chester & Boughton Area of Archaeological Importance (AAI)  is one of only five AAIs designated in England. The relevant information on the implications of the designation is contained in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 

In summary, under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 it is a criminal offence to undertake any operations within a designated Area of Archaeological Importance which may disturb the ground of, flood, or tip upon any site (see part II section 35), without giving the administering Authority (Cheshire West & Chester Council) six weeks notice of the commencement of those operations (see part II section 36).

The following link will take you to the Council’s Interactive Mapping website and a depiction of the extent of the AAI:

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Interactive Mapping website

The Chester Archaeological Plan contains further information and advice.

For any queries relating to the Chester AAI, please contact us