Almost 500 buildings in the borough are featured on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s ‘List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest’. Not all the structures that appear on the list are buildings; there are also some cast iron bollards and pillar boxes.
Listed buildings are classified in grades to show their relative national importance:
Grade I – Buildings of exceptional interest (only about 2 per cent of listed buildings).
Grade II* – Particularly important buildings of more than special interest (4 per cent of listed buildings).
Grade II – Buildings of special interest, which warrant every effort being made to preserve them (94 per cent of all listed buildings).
Historic England maintains the official version of the statutory list and has an online search for listed buildings and their list descriptions: The National Heritage List for England. List descriptions are for identification purposes only and may not include all features of special interest or the full extent of the building covered by the listing.
The names and addresses of buildings often change over time and entries on the list often reflect the name and address of the building at the time that it was last updated. Using the map search tool will help you identify the listed buildings closest to a specific address. Some groups of buildings and terraces may be included in one listing entry and be represented by one icon on the map rather than there being an individual map icon for each listed building.
Listed Building Consent
It is a criminal offence to extend, demolish or carry out internal or external alterations to a listed building without having Listed Building Consent, even if you did not know the building was listed. For further information about getting Listed Building Consent please contact our Urban Design and Conservation Team:
020 8753 1081
You can find the relevant application forms via this link to our making an application webpage.
Buildings are listed in their entirety including the exterior and interior so, for example, façades are not listed on their own. A listed building includes ‘any object or structure fixed to the building’ and ‘any object or structure within the curtilage [attached land] of the building which, although not fixed to the building, forms part of the land and has done so since before 1 July 1948’. Therefore a garden wall attached to a listed building or a building built before July 1948 within the curtilage of a listed building will also be listed.