Listed buildings

A listed building has special architectural or historic interest. The older it is, the more likely it is to be listed. Buildings built before 1700 which still exist in anything like their original condition are listed, as are most built between 1700 and 1840.

Since then, the criteria for listing has become tighter with time, with buildings built after 1945 needing to be exceptionally important to be listed. There are three categories of significance for listed buildings:

  • Grade I for buildings of the highest significance
  • Grade II* for buildings of particular national importance and special interest
  • Grade II for buildings of special architectural or historic interest.

Most listed building owners are likely to live in a Grade II building as these make up approximately 94% of all listed buildings.

Find out if your property is a listed building by using My South Norfolk.

There will be extra control over what changes can be made to a listed building's interior and exterior. Advice is available on Historic England's website.

Owners will need to apply for listed building consent for most types of work that affect the special architectural or historic interest of their home, regardless of whether planning permission is also required. Where either type of application is required a Heritage Statement will be needed to support the proposal.

For further information read Historic England’s guide for owners of listed buildings