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Finding a listed building

You can find out if a building is listed through your local council.

Finding listed buildings in your area

If you want to do building work in your home or are moving into a new home which you plan to do building work on in future, you should check it's not a listed building because different rules apply in this case.

Your local council may have a list or catalogue of listed buildings, or you could ask English Heritage for information about listed buildings. These are buildings that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has decided are of architectural or historic importance. Any plan to change them that might affect their special character must be agreed by the council. Your local council can tell you more about this.

Listed buildings are divided intothree categories:

  • Grade I - buildings of exceptional interest
  • Grade II* - buildings of special interest
  • Grade II - other buildings of special interest

Your local council may also have a list of local buildings of character and importance. This doesn't give the buildings any legal protection but is a public record of their special status, which might be considered when a planning decision is made.

The following link will let you enter details of where you live and then take you to your local authority website where you can find out more about listed buildings.

  • The planning system and development control

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