A Statutory Listed Building is a "building of special architectural or historic interest". Having listed buildings helps us acknowledge and understand our shared history. It celebrates a building's special architectural and historic interest, and also brings it under the consideration of the planning system so that some thought will be taken about its future.
To find out more about the listing process and its implications, please refer to Historic England - Listed Buildings
How can I find out if a building is Statutory Listed?
There are a number of ways to establish whether a building is Statutory Listed. You can:
- Consult the National Heritage List for England for the most up to date record of Statutory Listed buildings within Surrey Heath.
- Refer to the Council's records - Historic Buildings in Surrey Heath. Please note that this document was last updated in 2011 and as such does not include recent additions to the list.
- Look up Images of England - a 'point in time' photographic library of many of England's listed buildings, recorded at the turn of the 21st century.
When is Listed Building Consent required?
If you wish to demolish a listed building, or alter or extend it in a way that affects its character or appearance, you will need to apply for Listed Building Consent. Works within the curtilage of a Listed Building can also require Listed Building Consent, normally depending on the physical layout of the land surrounding the building at the date of listing and the relationship of objects or structures to each other. To find out more about applying for Listed Building Consent and undertaking works to Listed Buildings please refer to the Historic England - Heritage Consents information. Failure to obtain Listed Building Consent when it is required is a criminal offence. Not knowing a building is listed is not a defence to any criminal proceedings; neither is it a defence to show that consent would or should have been granted if it had been applied for. If you are unsure as to whether any proposed works require Listed Building Consent, please seek clarification from the Council.
What is the Buildings at Risk register?
The Buildings at Risk register brings together information on all the Grade I and II* Listed Buildings and Scheduled Monuments, known to Historic England to be 'at risk' through neglect and decay, or vulnerable to becoming so. Inclusion on the register means no criticism of the owners as many actively seek ways of securing their future. To find out more about the Buildings at Risk register, visit Historic England - Heritage at Risk. Surrey Heath currently has no buildings at risk.