Heritage and Conservation

Listed Buildings

A listed building, or listed structure, is one that has been placed on one of the four statutory lists maintained by Historic England in England, Historic Environment Scotland in Scotland, Cadw in Wales, and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in Northern Ireland.[1]

If you plan on undertaking works to a listed building, you will need to acquire Listed Building Consent in addition to other consents and approvals. Works to listed buildings often involve more detail, care and consideration than other construction or renovation projects.

Heritage Buildings

A heritage building is one which may be of significant historical importance, either to you or the local community, but that doesn't have the statutory protection of Listed Building Status. Interested parties may be interested in preserving heritage features of the building or using traditional construction techniques in order to preserve the character of the building.

Conservation Area

There may be additional considerations if your building is in a conservation area, so although your building may not be listed you may still have to comply with certain requirements such as the external appearance. A good example is a historic town may have policies in place to make sure that you keep your building looking appropriately traditional with sash windows etc.

Useful Links

Please find below a list of websites that might be of interest. A link to an external website from this website is not an endorsement or approval of that website, the site’s owners, or their products and services. We are not responsible for the content of external sites.


Cadw is the Welsh Government's historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales.


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