Listed Building

A Listed Building is a building of special historical and/or architectural importance.

If a property is listed then it is subject to strict planning regulation that seeks to preserve such buildings in their original state. Law Society

Every property built before 1700 is automatically listed.

There are 3 categories of listing:

  • Grade I - of exceptional national architectural or historic importance
  • Grade II* - of particular national importance & special interest
  • Grade II - of special architectural or historic interest (approx 94% of buildings are Grade II)

The national database of listed building is in the public domain and can be searched at the Historic England website.

See also:

Conveyancing help and advice: Listed Buildings.

What to check before buying a listed building

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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