What is a Listed Building?Central Arcade, Grainger Town

A Listed building is statutorily protected against unauthorised demolition, alteration and extension.

A Listed building has special 'national' architectural or historic interest.

The list is compiled by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under the provisions of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act, 1990. The Secretary of State is advised by English Heritage. Buildings are graded as follows:

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What effect does statutory Listing have?

Listing gives a building statutory protection against unauthorised demolition, alteration and extension. It is an integral part of the system for managing change to our environment through the planning process administered by local planning authorities and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Listing is the start of a process, rather than an end in itself, flagging the significance of an asset so that its future management can enhance its contribution to local, regional and national life.

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (referred to below as the Secretary of State) is responsible for compiling the statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. English Heritage is responsible for providing expert advice on which buildings meet the criteria for listing, and for administering the process.

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Listed Building Consent

If you wish to make changes to a Listed Building you must first apply for Listed Building Consent (LBC).