Do you know if your property is a listed building?
Mon, Jun 04, 2018
If a building is listed it has been noted as of special architectural and historic interest and also brings it under the consideration of the planning system so it can be protected for future generations.
All buildings built before 1700 which survive in anything like their original condition are listed, as are most of those built between 1700 and 1840. Particularly careful selection is required for buildings from the period after 1945. Usually, a building has to be over 30 years' old to be eligible for listing. Anyone can nominate a building to be listed.
There are 3 categories of listings:
- Grade I - buildings of exceptional interest, only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I
- Grade II* - particularly important buildings of more than special interest; 5.8% of listed buildings are Grade II*
- Grade II - buildings of special interest; 91.7% of all listed buildings are in this class and is the most likely grade of listing for a home owner.
How to find out if your property is listed?
The National Heritage List for England (NHLE) is the only official, up to date, register of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England - listed buildings, scheduled monuments, protected wrecks, registered parks and gardens, and battlefields - view the list
How will listing affect me?
Listing is not a preservation order, preventing change. It simply means that listed building consent must be applied for in order to make any changes to that building which might affect its special interest.
What can I do with my listed building?
Listed buildings are to be enjoyed and used. Listed buildings can be altered, extended and sometimes even demolished within Government planning guidance. The Local Authority uses listed building consent to make decisions that balance the site's historic significance against issues, such as its function, condition or viability.