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There may be delays with listed building consent applications during the Coronavirus outbreak. These require detailed site inspections which we are not always able to conduct at present.

Listed and locally listed buildings


Listed buildings

A listed building is a "building of special architectural or historic interest". The Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is responsible for the compilation and maintenance of the Statutory List.

Recommendations for, and records of, listed buildings are maintained by Historic England, which acts as the government's advisor on all additions and other alterations to the Statutory List.

Guildford has over 1,000 buildings that are included in the Statutory List.

You can search for listed buildings on The National Heritage List for England (NHLE). Copies of the Statutory List for Guildford can also be viewed at our Main Reception at Millmead House.

The term listed building includes:

  • both the interior and the exterior of a particular building
  • any objects or structures fixed to the building and can include freestanding items such as walls, gates and other buildings within the defined curtilage of the listed building.

Buildings are classified in grades to show their relative importance as follows:

  • Grade I - These are buildings of exceptional interest
  • Grade II* - These are particularly important buildings of more than special interest
  • Grade II - These are buildings of special interest, which warrant every effort being made to preserve them.

Altering, extending or demolishing a listed building

You cannot alter, extend or demolish a listed building without permission from us.

Statutory controls apply equally to all listed buildings, irrespective of grade. If you own a listed building, you need to apply for Listed Buildings Consent for any changes you want to make that will affect the special architectural or historic interest of the property.

The requirement to obtain Listed Buildings Consent for works can also extend to objects or buildings attached to the building or located as freestanding structures within the defined curtilage of the listed building. We look very carefully at any application to make sure that these features are not affected.

It is an offence, liable to prosecution, to demolish, extend, or alter a listed building in a way that affects its character without first obtaining Listed Building Consent.

Advice on works to listed buildings

We offer pre-application advice, giving you guidance on repairs, extensions and new developments prior to submission of an application.

You can also view supplementary planning guidance on residential extensions, residential design and shop front design on our planning and building control documents page.

If you have a general listed buildings enquiry, please contact planningenquiries@guildford.gov.uk.

Locally listed buildings

In addition to the Statutory List, we have a list of buildings of special local architectural or historic interest. This is known as the Local List, and currently includes over 200 buildings and structures including telephone boxes, post boxes and walls.

Although a building doesn't have any more legal protection if it is on this Local List, the list helps us to remain in control of any changes to these buildings and to make sure that we don't lose the special interest of these properties.

Scheduled monuments

There are a number of scheduled monuments within Guildford Borough. For more information, please visit Historic England's page on scheduled monuments.

You can search for a scheduled monument on The National Heritage List for England (NHLE).

Historic parks and gardens

There are a number of parks and gardens of national importance within the borough. These are listed by Historic England on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

  • Albury Park
  • RHS Wisley
  • Clandon Park
  • Merrow Grange
  • Jellicoe Roof Garden
  • Sutton Place

Visit Historic England for more details on registered parks and gardens. You can search for a registered park or garden on The National Heritage List for England (NHLE).

We also have a icon Historic Parks and Gardens Summary List [78.3KB] .

Heritage at risk register

Historic England keep a heritage at risk register which includes grade I and grade II* listed buildings, scheduled monuments, registered parks and gardens and Conservation Areas.

There is also guidance for owners of vacant historic buildings.

Scheduled Monuments

See our list of Scheduled Monuments in Guildford Borough.