Survey of Listed Building Owners 2017

In 2017 Historic England appointed Ecorys UK to survey owners of listed residential buildings (with Alastair Coey Architects subcontracted to process the surveys). This year's survey marks the first of three that will build on our understanding of the experiences of owning a listed building.

On this page:

2017 survey

This year's survey also includes a survey of owners of buildings in conservations areas to act as a comparison for the data. An interactive dataset in the report allows you to explore the data to find other insights. The data for both the listed buildings and conservation areas can be viewed together or separately.

To accompany the main report and the interactive tool Historic England have also produced a two page infographic document outlining some of the key findings.

This will be the first of three surveys with next year's focussing on commercial listed building owners.

Themes for our 2017 survey questions

  • Planning: Listed buildings owners' experiences of the planning system.
  • Insurance: The ease of insuring listed buildings, popularity of the insurance providers.
  • Repair and maintenance: Types or works undertaken and by whom.
  • Information and advice: Where information on listed buildings is sought, the ease of finding this information, use of social media, support offered by Historic England.
  • Work and commercial activity at the property: The number of owners who regard themselves as homeworkers, and the types of commercial activities undertaken in these properties.
  • Demographics: Make-up of listed building owners - age, gender, ethnicity, employment position.

Mixture of building styles in street
New Street, Henley, Oxfordshire © Historic England DP074893

Our survey sample

The survey was issued to a total sample of 10,200 listed building owners through a covering letter and postal survey. Interlocking quotas were used for region and listing grade to ensure sufficient sample size for sub group analysis. The number of respondents who completed the main survey was 1,345, which represents a 12.8% response rate. The numbers were sufficient to explore the response differences by region and grade, which are reported in the full report.

Our sponsor

The Survey of Listed Building Owners (2017) was in part sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance, a specialist insurer of heritage and faith properties, fine art, charities, educational establishments and private clients. Ecclesiastical Insurance is owned by a registered charity and is one of the UK's top five corporate donors to charity in the 2016-17 UK Guide to Company Giving.

Ecclesiastical - Heritage Insurance Logo

Listed building owners survey 2015

This year's survey builds on evidence gathered in 2015 as to the experiences of listed residential building owners.

Explore findings from the 2015 survey:

Anyone interested in this should contact the Social and Economic Research team (contact details below).

Free guide for owners

A Guide for Owners of Listed Buildings has been prepared by Historic England to answer some of the most commonly asked questions by those who live in or care for listed buildings.

A Guide for Owners of Listed Buildings

Published 15 September 2016

This guide has been put together to answer some of the most commonly asked questions by those who live in or care for listed buildings.

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