Buildings which represent the best of the nation's historic and architectural heritage are listed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, on advice from English Heritage.
You can find out whether your building is listed by looking at our online maps Alternatively you can search the National Heritage list for England for listed buildings in your area and download copies of individual entries.
Listed buildings are a finite and irreplaceable asset. The council has a statutory duty to ensure that listed buildings, their settings and any features of special architectural or historic interest which they possess are preserved.
For further detailed advice the council has produced Listed Buildings: A Users Guide which will be available shortly.
Buildings eligible for listing are selected against a set of national criteria by Historic England not the Local Planning Authority.
For further information or to apply for a heritage asset to be added to the National Heritage List for England visit the Historic England website.