Listed buildings

Last Updated: 3 April 2024

A building is listed when it is of special architectural or historic interest. Listing gives a building greater protection, to ensure that alterations that may affect its character are not carried out without listed building consent.

Historic England maintains the National Heritage List for England. The list is the official up-to-date register of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England including; listed buildings, scheduled monuments, protected wrecks, registered parks and gardens, and battlefields.

Search the National Heritage List for England to see if a building is listed, the grade it is listed at and what the listing includes.

Altering a listed building

Before starting any work that involves the alteration, extension or demolition of a listed building and/or any work that will affect the character of a listed building you will need to apply for Listed Building Consent.

Before you apply for consent, we recommend that you seek advice from a qualified professional. There are 2 ways to do this:

What we do

We have policies to make sure development respects and preserves listed buildings where possible.

We work with Historic England, civic societies and property owners to help repair listed buildings thought to be at risk.

Further advice

Historic England offers a wide range of advice for listed building owners on their website.

Advice from Historic England