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:
- Monuments, including war memorials
- 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
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
- You will first need to set up a Heritage Passport account, if you do not already have one. This is quick and easy to do and will allow you to submit as many applications as you like. You can also return to unfinished applications at any time
- Read our checklist to see what information you will need in order to complete the application form
- Complete the application form using our step-by-step guidance
Certificates of Immunity
Using the above form, you can also apply for a Certificate of Immunity (COI), which protects a building from being listed for five years.
Building Preservation Notices and the Pilot Scheme on Indemnification by Historic England against Compensation
A Building Preservation Notice (BPN) is a means for a local planning authority (LPA) to protect a building which it considers to have special architectural or historic interest, but which is in danger of demolition or alteration in such a way as to affect its character, by a form of temporary listing. This advice note sets out how LPAs should approach the serving of a BPN and gives guidance about how to seek Historic England agreement to indemnification against the risk of compensation, as part of the pilot scheme described below. This note also sets out how assessment of the building in question is processed alongside a BPN.
The advice note also gives information on the two-year pilot scheme which Historic England is running (from November 2018) to explore the benefits of indemnification of BPNs, to promote engagement with the powers available and provide confidence against the likelihood of claims for compensation.
Compensation may be payable in certain circumstances in the event that a building, on which a BPN has been served, is not listed. To remove the financial risk this poses for LPAs, Historic England may, in some circumstances and if the procedure below is followed, consider indemnifying local planning authorities against that possibility as part of the pilot project into indemnification against compensation.
Need more information?
- Read the Principles for Selection for Listing Buildings that sets out the general principles applied when deciding whether a building should be added to the NHLE
- Read Scheduled Monuments and nationally important but non-scheduled monuments that sets out current Government policy on the identification, protection, conservation and investigation of nationally important ancient monuments for the the benefit of current and future generations - including scheduled monuments
- Take a look at our Selection Guides which help to explain what we are looking for when we assess applications for inclusion on the NHLE
- Take a look at our Introductions to Heritage Assets (Buildings); Introductions to Heritage Assets (Archaeology); Introductions to Heritage Assets (Designed Landscapes); Introductions to Heritage Assets (Ships and Boats)
- See our Frequently Asked Questions
- Take a look at our examples of completed applications below
Also of interest...
- See Heritage Gateway for local and national information about the historic environment.