View of street with historic houses, Saffron Walden, Essex.
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Streetscape of Saffron Walden in the rural Essex countryside.
Streetscape of Saffron Walden in the rural Essex countryside.

Listing Selection Guides

Buildings and structures which meet the criteria for national protection are listed. This protection system has been in place since 1947 and operates under The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

Here you can learn more about our listing-specific selection guides as well as the associated Introduction to Heritage Assets series.

The Cornish Place Works in Sheffield, were isted at Grade II* on 28 June 1973
Cornish Place Works in Sheffield, listed at Grade II* on 28 June 1973 © Barbara West

What the guides cover

The test for listing is architectural or historic special interest, with the final decision to list being taken by government (the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport).

Our 20 thematically-arranged selection guides give detailed guidance about what may be eligible for listing. Each gives a brief overview of:

  • The types of buildings and structures covered in the guide
  • Current understanding, both of their history and development
  • In some cases, how many were erected and still survive

The second half of each document sets out the over-arching listing criteria, before moving on to offer guidance relevant to the specific buildings or structures treated. A select bibliography gives suggestions for further reading. The selection guides are periodically updated.

Agricultural Buildings

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing agricultural buildings.

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Commemorative Structures

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing commemorative structures.

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Commerce and Exchange Buildings

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing commerce and exchange buildings.

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Culture and Entertainment Buildings

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing culture and entertainment buildings.

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Domestic 1: Vernacular Houses

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing vernacular houses.

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Domestic 2: Town Houses

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing town houses.

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Domestic 3: Suburban and Country Houses

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing suburban and country houses.

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Domestic 4: The Modern House and Housing

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing modern houses and housing.

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Education Buildings

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing education buildings.

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Garden and Park Structures

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing garden and park structures.

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Health and Welfare Buildings

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing health and welfare buildings.

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Industrial Buildings

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing industrial buildings.

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Law and Government Buildings

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing law and government buildings.

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Maritime and Naval Buildings

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing maritime and naval buildings.

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Military Structures

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing military structures.

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Places of Worship

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing places of worship.

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Sports and Recreation Buildings

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing sports and recreation buildings.

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Street Furniture

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing street furniture.

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Infrastructure: Transport

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing transport structures.

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Infrastructure: Utilities and Communication

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing utilities and communication structures.

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Introductions to Heritage Assets

The listing selection guides are supported by a series of Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs) which set out our understanding of particular building types. Normally these will be ones where, for one reason or another, we have had relatively large numbers of buildings in for assessment, and where the building type proved not to be covered in the existing literature.

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