Listed buildings

A listed building is a building that has been placed on the Statutory List of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

Buildings on this list may not be demolished, extended or altered without Listed Building Consent.

How to get a building listed

Anyone can suggest a building or structure to English Heritage for listing.

Your suggestion will be examined and a final decision will be made by the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport.

Suggest a building for listing (English Heritage website)  

Listed building consent

You will need listed building consent before you can:

  • demolish a listed building
  • alter or extend a listed building

This applies to the inside and the outside of the building, and works that affect the setting of the building. Carrying out works without permission is a criminal offence.

Apply for listed building consent (Planning Portal website)

Buildings at risk

Listed buildings which have been poorly maintained or neglected are sometimes regarded as being ‘at risk’.

There are currently 10 buildings in the borough which fall into this category.

Owners are responsible for the maintenance of listed buildings but the Council will also monitor the buildings to help protect and improve the historic interest.

We will negotiate with owners of ‘at risk’ buildings to help secure grants, or in extreme cases serve an urgent works notice or repairs notice.

Search the Heritage At Risk Register (English Heritage website)

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Updated: 26 March 2014