Listed buildings register
Buildings and structures
Buildings and structures can be listed on either the Local List or at a national level on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
How can I find out which buildings are statutorily listed?
What sort of building is statutorily listed?
Listing selects the best of our heritage to give it protection from harmful change. Listing is not a local authority responsibility - it is conducted by the Secretary of State for DCMS on advice from Historic England. DCMS publish national standards for listing. These include judging whether a building:
- has architectural interest
- has historical interest
- has links with nationally important people or events
- is very old or rare.
As well as buildings, engineering structures and other historic artefacts can also be listed which make up the historic environment. These include:
- post boxes
- mile stones
What are the criteria for Statutory List selection?
A building or structure may also be considered if it:
- illustrates social and economic history such as industrial buildings, railway stations, schools, hospitals, theatres, town halls, markets, exchanges, almshouses, prisons, lock-ups and mills.
- shows technological innovation or virtuosity, for example; cast iron, prefabrication, or the early use of concrete.
- is a good examples of town planning, such as squares, terraces or model villages.
- has an association with well known characters or events.
- illustrates the work of well known architects
- has collective value with other buildings.
The buildings in the Statutory List are graded to reflect their relative architectural and historic interest based on the following criteria:
- Grade I - identifies exceptional architectural or historic interest in a small proportion of all listed buildings.
- Grade II* - known as 'grade two star' identifies buildings which although not of outstanding interest are particularly important or of more than special interest.
- Grade II - identifies buildings of special interest which warrant every effort being made to preserve them.
In the past, churches were graded A, B, C but this is gradually changing to the current listing of grades I, II* and II.
Further information on how buildings are selected is available on the Historic England - How we determine whether a Historic Building or Site should be protected webpage.
What is covered by the statutory listing?
A building cannot be partially listed. The extent of listing covers the building (inside and outside) anything attached to the building (this can include other buildings, walls, fixtures and fittings) and most buildings or structures within the 'curtilage' - the land immediately surrounding the property. This applies whatever the grade of the listing.
Many of the older list descriptions are very short and were for identification purposes only. They do not state everything that is covered by the listed status. In determining an application for Listed Building Consent, we will consider the quality or 'significance' of the architectural/historic fabric of that part of the building that is subject to your application.
For more information, please contact us.
What permissions do I need when a building is Statutorily Listed?
Small scale repairs on a like-for-like basis will not need listed building consent. However, if you make changes to the fabric of the building you will need to apply for Listed Building Consent. For information and advice, please contact us.
Listing means that changes to a building are subject to special control through the planning system. As the planning authority, we will only give approval for works when we are satisfied that these are compatible with the special interest of the building.
Other bodies may be involved in the decision-making process, especially for higher graded buildings. These include:
- Historic England
- national amenity bodies with specialisms in particular ages or types of buildings
- the DCMS.
We understand that alterations may need to be made to help the building to survive. However, even minor changes can have damaging effects and can devalue the property. We need to make sure we look after our buildings for future generations.
We recommend that you seek professional advice from the start as altering a listed building is a specialist task. Although generally the standards for materials and repair methods are higher than for non-listed buildings, you can still save money due to the possible relaxation of building regulations such as for thermal efficiency. Retaining historic fabric rather than manufacturing new contributes to energy sustainability. Hiring a suitably qualified architect, surveyor or craftsperson can help you avoid unnecessary work.
What is the Local List?
The entries on the Local List may be buildings of merit in their own right or buildings of merit as part of a group of buildings. Other features judged worthy of inclusion because they improve the local historic environment, including street furniture, are also included on the list. Derby's list contains examples of different architectural styles from many periods, including those of relatively recent times.
Why do we have a Local List?
We recognise that there are many more historic buildings and structures in Derby other than those on the Statutory List that may not be of national significance, but are valued as an important and familiar part of our local historic environment.
The Local List does not provide any automatic statutory protection, and cannot guarantee that a building or structure can be kept. We will however make reasonable efforts to conserve these buildings and structures and their historic features and character, to the benefit of Derby. This is backed up by:
- Policy CP20 (Historic Environment) of the Derby City Local Plan - Part 1 (Core Strategy)
- City of Derby Local Plan Review (Listed Buildings and Buildings of Local Importance) and Policy E20 (Uses Within Buildings of Architectural or Historic Importance) of the Derby Local Plan review.
These are set out within the Derby Local Plan review - Chapter 1 (Introduction).
Historic England acknowledges the importance of local listing and government planning policy on the historic environment, which is included within the National Planning Policy Framework, highlights that locally listed buildings are ‘Heritage Assets’ and includes policies for their conservation.
What is the revised City of Derby Local List?
In July 2010 we approved a revised Derby's locally listed buildings of buildings and structures that are historically or architecturally important to the City of Derby following a review that started in January 2007.
The work included assessing all the entries on the existing list and accepting nominations from members of the public for new entries.
How can I get a building listed?
Anyone can ask for a building to be listed.
If you want to make a building statutory listed, you will need to fill out an online application form from the Historic England website. There is guidance available with the form to help you to complete it.
The local list is revisited on a regular basis and details will appear on this page when it is next due for review.
How do I know what applications have been made?
You can either:
- view applications online through our Planning Register
- contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org so that you can come into the offices to view our Planning Register.
How can I find out more information?
- more information on our Local Buildings Register
- to speak to one of our conservation officers
- details of how to make a listed building consent application
- general planning advice
For more information on listing, or to request that a building be listed, visit:
For finding the names of qualified professionals to help with listed buildings, visit:
- Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Historic Environment Service Provider Recognition (HEPSR)
For general information on historic buildings, including advice on repairs and restoration, visit:
- Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
- The Victorian Society
- The Georgian Group
- Twentieth Century Society
- Building Conservation
- Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust
- Save Britain's Heritage
- The Building Conservation Directory
- Derbyshire Buildings Crafts Register
For more information on our World Heritage Site, visit: