Listed buildings

Listed buildings are nationally recognised as being architecturally or historically important; they fall into 3 categories:

  • Grade I
  • Grade II*
  • Grade II

Protection of these important buildings extends to the whole building, inside and outside and to certain structures 'within its domain'.

Other structures can also be listed such as telephone boxes, bridges or statues.

More information on the listing process and gradings can be found through Historic England.

Listed building consent

Listed building consent is required if you wish to alter, extend or demolish a listed building under the following legislation and policy:

Listed buildings in York

There are 1,588 listed buildings entries for York broken down into:

  • 71 Grade I
  • 170 Grade II*
  • 1,345 Grade II

Some of these listings include several buildings in a terraced street for example. Therefore, there are over 2,000 individual listed buildings in York.

Find out which buildings are listed via the National Heritage List.

Alternatively, download lists of churches, grade I and grade II* buildings. Please note that these lists are limited and may not contain all listed buildings.

Buildings of local importance (local list)

York does not have an 'adopted local list', but you can see the provisional list and find out more about the process through the York Open Planning Forum.

The buildings on the provisional local list are not statutorily protected. They have been identified as buildings of local value for their contribution to their streetscene or environment, or because they are associated with notable local people or events.

Suggest a building is listed

Suggestions for listing a building or monument are made through Historic England. However, due to the high number of requests, buildings must meet one of the following criteria:

  • be under serious threat of demolition or major alteration
  • be a designation department priority
  • possess evident significance to be obviously worthy of inclusion on the National Heritage List for England

Have information about a listed building?

You can add additional information regarding listed buildings and structures via the Enriching the List project run by Historic England.

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