Almost 600 buildings in the borough are featured on the 'list of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest', which is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS). Not all the heritage assets that appear on the list are buildings; examples in our borough include lampstands, telephone kiosks, cast iron railings and mileposts.
Listed buildings are classified in grades to show their relative national importance:
Grade I - Buildings of exceptional interest (only about 2% of listed buildings)
Grade II* - Particularly important buildings of more than special interest (4% of listed buildings)
Grade II - Buildings of special interest, which warrant every effort being made to preserve them (94% of all listed buildings)
Additions are made every year based on applications from individuals, activist bodies or the council. English Heritage assess buildings for the DCMS and applications need to be made to them via their website at www.english-heritage.org.uk.
The index of listed buildings in the borough is in the process of being updated. In the interim a good source of information is www.Heritage-Gateway.org.uk
Please note: It is a criminal offence to extend, demolish or carry out internal or external alterations to a listed building without having listed building consent from the council, even if you did not know the building was listed.
For more information about a listed building or advice about getting listed building consent please contact the council's urban design and conservation team on (020) 8825 6600.
Buildings are listed in their entirety including the exterior and interior, eg facades are not listed on their own. It is important to note that a listed building includes 'any object or structure fixed to the building' and 'any object or structure within the curtilage (attached land) of the building which, although not fixed to the building, forms part of the land and has done so since before 1 July 1948. Therefore a wall attached to a listed building or a building built before July 1948 within the curtilage of a listed building will also be listed.