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Listed buildings

Buildings are listed because they are judged to be of national architectural or historic interest under Section 1 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

When a building is listed, it is included on the statutory list of buildings of special historic or architectural interest which is produced by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) on the advice of Historic England.

This is a statutory designation. Hillingdon has around 433 listed buildings.

Criteria for listing

Buildings and structures are assessed to define their significance with the greatest care.  Many old buildings and indeed recent buildings are interesting, but listing identifies only those which are of national 'special interest'.  The main criteria used are:

  • age and rarity - most buildings built before 1700 which survive in anything like their original condition are listed, as are most of those built between 1700 and 1840
  • the criteria becomes tighter with time, so that buildings built within the last 30 years have to be exceptionally important to be listed, and under threat too.  A building has to be over 10 years old to be eligible for listing
  • architectural interest -  buildings which are nationally important for the interest of their architectural design, decoration and craftsmanship; also important examples of particular building types and techniques
  • historic interest - this includes buildings which illustrate important aspects of the nation's social, economic, cultural or military history
  • close historical association with nationally important people or events
  • group value, especially where buildings are part of an important architectural or historic group or are a fine example of planning (such as squares, terraces and model villages)

For more details regarding the selection criteria refer to  Principles of selection for listing buildings [83kb].

How do I find out if my property is listed?

Please visit Heritage Gateway to find out whether your property is listed. 

Making changes to a listed building

Listed Building Consent(LBC) is required for the demolition of a listed building or for any alterations - internal or external - that would affect its special architectural or historic interest. It is also required for any building or feature fixed to a listed building or a pre-1948 structure within the grounds of the listed building, otherwise referred to as "curtilage buildings".

It is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building without first obtaining consent from the Council - even if you did not know that the building was listed. You should contact the council's conservation team at PlanningSpecialists@hillingdon.gov.uk if you are in any doubt about whether the proposed work requires Listed Building Consent.

Listed Building Consent Form - there is no fees required for this application.

General guidance

  1. Buildings are listed in their entirety. The whole of a listed building and its curtilage are normally protected, including interiors.
  2. Some parts of a listed building, however, may be more significant historically and architecturally than others. This will be important when owners are thinking of applying for Listed Building Consent for partial demolition, or alteration of a listed building.
  3. Any architectural feature or structure fixed to a listed building or a pre-1948 feature or structure within the grounds of the building, even if not fixed to the building or included in the description, is considered to be listed. These features or structures cannot be altered, demolished or removed without Listed Building Consent.
  4. A listed building may not be demolished, extended or altered, internally or externally, in any way that, in the opinion of the Local Planning Authority, affects its special architectural or historic interest, without the benefit of Listed Building Consent.
  5. Works permitted under the Town and Country Planning General Permitted Development Order(as amended) for minor alterations and additions to a residential property whilst not requiring planning permission, may require listed building consent, if the building is listed.

Further guidance

For more guidance on listed buildings, criteria and selection process, please visit Historic England

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