It was my understanding that before undertaking any work that could cause disturbance within the notification zone of an RMP, you needed to notify or get permission from the minister. (Hence the name "notification zone")
I previously contacted the national monuments people to ask them about some work that was done by a landowner. They basically put in deep drains to drain a field that had a couple of these sites marked on the map. The drains passed through some of these notification areas.
When I contacted National Monuments they told me over the phone that there were no notifications for that area and that they would look into it. When I called them back a few weeks later they basically told me more or less "ah yeah, well they did it but they didn't come across anything archaeologically important when doing it so it's grand".
Is this the norm? I'd have thought that they'd be fairly pissed off that someone had done work without going through the steps, even if there was nothing there. Are those RMP and notification zones really just something you can actually ignore?
Has anything ever been enforced in relation to the monuments marked on a map? I'm not referring to a big obvious thing like knocking down a historic building - I am sure there are examples of enforcement there - what I mean is where there are monuments registered that are not really visible or above ground. Maybe an aerial photo showed up rings 30 years ago and they stuck it on the map but you wouldn't see anything at all from ground level (as was the case in my example here).