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What is a listed building?

Who lists buildings?

How can I find out if a building is listed? 

Can I alter a listed building?

How do I apply for listed building consent?

Who is responsible for maintenance?

Listed buildings in poor condition

Scheduled ancient monuments and archaeology

Listed buildings are those buildings and structures of special architectural or historic interest, which are considered to be of national importance and deserving protection.

What is a listed building?

Buildings are listed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for their special architectural or historic interest.

Buildings are classified in grades to show their relative importance:

  • Grade I - buildings of exceptional interest
  • Grade II* - particularly important buildings of more than special interest
  • Grade II - buildings of special interest warranting preservation

Mansfield has over 240 listed buildings which represent an important part of the district's architectural heritage.

Listed building status is not just limited to houses and other buildings but may also include structures such as walls, gates, bridges, war memorials and telephone kiosks.

Listing protects the entire structure, internally and externally, against any alterations which would affect its character. Alterations to a listed structure normally require permission known as listed building consent before carrying out any work.

Who lists buildings?

Historic England provides recommendations for listing to the DCMS within England and provides guidance on reasons for listing.

How can I find out if a building is listed?

Historic England holds the records of listed buildings across England. View the pdf icon listed building descriptions [719kb] for Mansfield. A copy is also available at the Civic Centre.

Can I alter a listed building?

Listed buildings can be altered as long as it is done sensitively and the correct permission (listed building consent) is approved by us before you start work. There are policies within our local plan which should be followed.

How do I apply for listed building consent?

You can apply for consent by completing the listed building consent application using the Planning Portal.

Who is responsible for maintenance?

It is an owner's responsibility to maintain their building in a good state of repair and to make sure they are weather tight, structurally sound and secure.

Listed buildings in poor condition

All listed buildings that are in a poor condition are recorded on our pdf icon listed buildings at risk register [1Mb] and we will ensure owners do work to repair and preserve them.

Scheduled ancient monuments and archaeology

The word monument covers a wide range of structures, feature and remains, but all are man-made and not always ancient, or visible above ground. Archaeological remains provide a link with our past, which once lost can never be replaced. Scheduled ancient monuments are all of national importance and are given legal protection requiring scheduled ancient monument consent for any work.

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