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Listed Buildings

Overview

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Birmingham has nearly 2,000 buildings listed for their architectural or historic interest. These range from the 12th century Church of St Laurence in Northfield, to a signal box at New Street station built in 1964; and from cast iron Victorian public urinals to one of the great Jacobean houses of the country, Aston Hall.

Listing a building gives it legal protection, so that it can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Find out more about our other Heritage Assets in the leaflet below.

Essential Information
  • A statutory Listed Building is a building or structure which the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport considers to be of special architectural or historic interest. Listing gives a building legal protection from demolition and alterations which would destroy historic features or affect its character.

    The whole of a building is listed - the exterior and interior, together with any outhouse, wall or other structure built before 1 July 1948 within the grounds of the building.

    Listed Buildings are graded to show their importance:

    Grade I - buildings of exceptional quality (1.3% of all Listed Buildings in Birmingham - including Birmingham Town Hall and Aston Hall)

    Grade II* - particularly important buildings (4.7% - including the Old Crown, Digbeth and Birmingham Council House)

    Grade II - the majority of listed buildings of special interest (94%)

  • A Locally Listed Building is a building, structure or feature which, whilst not listed by the Secretary of State, the Council feels to be an important part of Birmingham's heritage due to its architectural, historic or archaeological significance.

    The grading system for Locally Listed Buildings is as follows:-

    Grade A - These are buildings which are of statutory list quality and will be referred to the Secretary of State if they are threatened with demolition or unsympathetic alterations. We can also serve a Building Preservation Notice if the building is imminently threatened.

    Grade B - Grade B buildings, structures or features are important in the city wide context, or make a significant contribution to the local environment. Positive efforts will always be made to retain them.

    Grade C - These are of local historic significance and worthy of retention.

Frequently Asked Questions
    • If you own a listed building it is your responsibility to ensure that any repairs, maintenance or alterations are in keeping with the design and age of the building. We work with owners to give advice and information to take proper care of their building. In addition to planning permission, you may also require Listed Building Consent for any work you wish to do. See further information or contact us for further advice. You can also contact English Heritage for advice on looking after your listed building.


    • If you haven't been able to find the information that you need then the link below will take you to a form that you can use to ask us further questions.

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