How to get a building listed or delisted

If you would like to have a building considered for listing or delisting, you can submit an application form to Historic England.

You can find further information on listed buildings, including the guidance notes explaining how to complete the application form, on the Historic England website. You do not need to be the owner of a building to make a request for listing or delisting.

Apply for listing on the Historic England website.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not normally consider a request for delisting when:

  • there is a current application for listed building consent relating to the building
  • there is an appeal against refusal of consent
  • any legal action is being taken by the local authority

Any request for a listing review should be accompanied by:

  • justification for adding (or deleting) a building
  • location plan
  • clear up-to-date photographs
  • any other historical information on the building

There is no requirement to consult the owners before a building is listed, but unless an inspector is aware of a specific threat, they will contact the owner or leave a visiting card.

There is no right of appeal against a listing, and no right to compensation for loss of redevelopment opportunities.

Buildings considered for listing are assessed against national standards and criteria, contained in the Principles of selection for listed buildings document. This sets out the only criteria on which a listing decision will be based.


A building can only be removed from the list if it no longer meets the statutory criteria. This may be because of new evidence about the special architectural or historic interest of the building, or a material change of circumstances (for example, fire damage that has affected the special interest of the building). No issues can be considered other than the special architectural and historic interest of the building.

Applications for delisting will not generally be considered if the building is currently the subject of an application for listed building consent, or an appeal against refusal of consent, or if enforcement action by a local planning authority is in hand. This is because both listed building consent and enforcement appeal procedures give appellants the right to argue that a building is not of special interest and should be removed from the list.

Delisting is not an alternative to seeking the relevant consent. For more information, you can view the guidance on the Historic England website.

You should apply to Historic England if you want to delist a property.

Last reviewed: May 23, 2023 by Mark

Next review due: November 23, 2023

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