Understanding Historic Buildings: Policy and Guidance for Local Planning Authorities

This document sets out the Historic England policy on the investigation and recording of historic buildings within the English planning framework. Through a combination of written advice and case studies it provides advice on how a specialist understanding of the significance of an historic building and of its constituent parts, can inform a development proposal or scheme of works and assist in the decision-making process.

Aimed at local authority planning and historic environment officers, the policy and guidance has been endorsed by the Local Government Association, Planning Officers Society, Institute of Historic Building Conservation Archeological Officers, Joint Committee of the National Amenity Societies and the Council for British Archaeology.

Whilst some of the references in this document may now be out-of-date, in particular, references to PPS5 and the Draft Heritage Protection Bill, Historic England believes that it still contains useful advice, guidance and case studies.


  • Policy Statement
  • Guidance
  • Implementation
  • Key Sources
  • Checklist

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51414


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