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Listed buildings

How to apply for listed building consent, including what aspect of a building is protected and how to find out if a building is listed.

About listed buildings

Buildings are listed by national government, which have been designated as being the most important historic buildings within an area. The older a building is, the more likely it is to be listed.

There are three different grades of listed building, depending on how their importance has been decided.

The scope of a listed building includes both the inside and the outside of the building. It may also cover structures within the property boundary, also known as the 'curtilage' of the building. Not all listed buildings are immediately recognisable and may include structures such as lamp stands, milestones, mounting blocks, crosses and telephone boxes.

Carrying out works to a listed building without appropriate consent is a criminal offence. If you own or intend to carry out work to a listed building, you will usually need to apply for listed building consent before the work begins.

Read more about listed buildings on the Historic England website.

Find out which buildings are listed by searching the Historic England website.

View and comment on listed building applications

The process for viewing listed building consent applications is the same as for viewing planning applications and are available on the Public Access website.

Read more about viewing planning applications.

Apply to have a building or site listed

Applications to have a building or historic site listed are managed by Historic England and can be completed on their website. It doesn't have to be owned by you, and can be any of the following:

  • Buildings
  • Monuments, including war memorials
  • Parks, gardens or battlefields
  • Maritime wreck sites

Apply for listed building status on the Historic England website.