Buildings and structures can be listed on either the Local List or at a national level on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
Listing selects the best of our heritage to give it protection from harmful change. Listing is not a local authority responsibility - it is conducted by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on advice from Historic England. DCMS publish national standards for listing. These include judging whether a building:
As well as buildings, engineering structures and other historic artefacts can also be listed which make up the historic environment. These include:
A building or structure may also be considered if it:
The buildings in the Statutory List are graded to reflect their relative architectural and historic interest based on the following criteria:
In the past, churches were graded A, B, C but this is gradually changing to the current listing of grades I, II* and II.
Further information on how buildings are selected is available on the Historic England - How we determine whether a Historic Building or Site should be protected webpage.
A building cannot be partially listed. The extent of listing covers the building (inside and outside) anything attached to the building (this can include other buildings, walls, fixtures and fittings) and most buildings or structures within the 'curtilage' - the land immediately surrounding the property. This applies whatever the grade of the listing.
Many of the older list descriptions are very short and were for identification purposes only. They do not state everything that is covered by the listed status. In determining an application for Listed Building Consent, we will consider the quality or 'significance' of the architectural/historic fabric of that part of the building that is subject to your application.
For more information, please contact us.
Small scale repairs on a like-for-like basis will not need listed building consent. However, if you make changes to the fabric of the building you will need to apply for Listed Building Consent. For information and advice, please contact us.
Listing means that changes to a building are subject to special control through the planning system. As the planning authority, we will only give approval for works when we are satisfied that these are compatible with the special interest of the building.
Other bodies may be involved in the decision-making process, especially for higher graded buildings. These include:
We understand that alterations may need to be made to help the building to survive. However, even minor changes can have damaging effects and can devalue the property. We need to make sure we look after our buildings for future generations.
We recommend that you seek professional advice from the start as altering a listed building is a specialist task. Although generally the standards for materials and repair methods are higher than for non-listed buildings, you can still save money due to the possible relaxation of building regulations such as for thermal efficiency. Retaining historic fabric rather than manufacturing new contributes to energy sustainability. Hiring a suitably qualified architect, surveyor or craftsperson can help you avoid unnecessary work.
The entries on the Local List may be buildings of merit in their own right or buildings of merit as part of a group of buildings. Other features judged worthy of inclusion because they improve the local historic environment, including street furniture, are also included on the list. Derby's list contains examples of different architectural styles from many periods, including those of relatively recent times.
We recognise that there are many more historic buildings and structures in Derby other than those on the Statutory List that may not be of national significance, but are valued as an important and familiar part of our local historic environment.
The Local List does not provide any automatic statutory protection, and cannot guarantee that a building or structure can be kept. We will however make reasonable efforts to conserve these buildings and structures and their historic features and character, to the benefit of Derby. This is backed up by:
These are set out within the Derby Local Plan review - Chapter 1 (Introduction).
Historic England acknowledges the importance of local listing and government planning policy on the historic environment, which is included within the National Planning Policy Framework, highlights that locally listed buildings are ‘Heritage Assets’ and includes policies for their conservation.
In July 2010 we approved a revised Derby's locally listed buildingsof buildings and structures that are historically or architecturally important to the City of Derby following a review that started in January 2007.
The work included assessing all the entries on the existing list and accepting nominations from members of the public for new entries.
Anyone can ask for a building to be listed.
If you want to make a building statutory listed, you will need to fill out an online application form from the Historic England website. There is guidance available with the form to help you to complete it.
The local list is revisited on a regular basis and details will appear on this page when it is next due for review.
Please contact us if you would like more information on our Local Buildings Register or to speak to one of our Conservation Officers.
For details of how to make a listed building consent application or for general planning advice please contact us.
For more information on listing, or to request that a building be listed, visit:
For finding the names of qualified professionals to help with listed buildings, visit:
For general information on historic buildings, including advice on repairs and restoration, visit:
For more information on our World Heritage Site, visit:
Derby City Council
Environment and Climate Change
The Council House