How To Get Historic Buildings or Sites Protected Through Listing

Concerned about the future of a historic place you know and love? You can apply for a historic building or site to be protected through the listing system by completing our online application form. Please note, you can return to unfinished applications at any time.

If your application cannot be dealt with through our free service, or if you would like it to be completed more quickly, you can apply for one of our paid for services:

These are carried out on a cost recovery basis as part of our Enhanced Advisory Services.

You can apply to protect:

  • Buildings
  • Monuments, including war memorials (currently one of our major priorities)
  • Parks, gardens or battlefields and
  • Maritime wreck sites

If successful, the building or site will then be added to the National Heritage List for England (NHLE).

You can also use the online form to amend or remove existing entries from the NHLE. See our Guidance on De-listing a Building for more information.

Making an application

Just follow these three steps in order to apply for listing.

Step 1: Make sure that the building or site you are nominating is not already on the List

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Step 2: Check that the place you are nominating is eligible

We only take forward applications where the building or site falls under one of the following:

  • Is under serious threat of demolition or major alteration
  • Is one of our strategic listing priorities
  • Has very strong potential for inclusion on the NHLE.  See online form for details

Step 3: Complete the form

Certificates of Immunity and Building Preservation Notices

Using the above form, you can also apply for:

  • A Certificate of Immunity (COI), which protects a building from being listed for five years or
  • A Building Preservation Notice (BPN), which is a form of temporary protection served by the local planning authority

However, certain restrictions apply to these types of application. See the fact sheets below for more information.

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External links

  • See Heritage Gateway for local and national information about the historic environment.