Principles of Selection for Listing Buildings

This updated document sets out the statutory criteria and general principles applied by the Secretary of State when deciding whether a building is of special architectural or historic interest and should therefore be added to the list of buildings compiled under the terms of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

The document also sets out the circumstances under which the Secretary of State will consider granting a request for a certificate of immunity (CoI) from listing in respect of a building under the terms of the 1990 Act. It states that upon application the Secretary of State may choose to issue a COI from listing under the terms of section 6 of the 1990 Act. A COI precludes the Secretary of State from listing a building, and a local planning authority from serving a building preservation notice in relation to it, for a period of five years from the date of issue. COIs provide the owners / developers of a building with certainty over its possible listing. Upon application for a COI, the building is considered for listing: this may result in the Secretary of State choosing to list the building, to issue the COI, or – in exceptional circumstances – to do neither.

Author: DDCMS

Date: November 2018 Updated document issued

This item updates DCP section 4.3721


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