Approximately 750 buildings in Elmbridge are statutorily listed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as being of special architectural or historic interest, and are graded according to their importance:
Grade l - buildings of exceptional interest
Grade ll* - particularly important buildings of more than special interest
Grade ll - buildings of special interest, which warrant every effort being made to preserve them (92% of all listed buildings)
Find out if a property is statutory listed
You can check My Neighbourhood to find out if a property is listed, or search the National Heritage List for England.
See the Historic England website for advice on how to nominate a building for statutory listing.
Locally listed buildings
In addition to the statutory list, we maintain a list of Local Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Although this designation does not give any additional legal protection, the Council applies national and local conservation policies to protect these buildings through the planning process.
View the list of local buildings of special architectural or historic interest
Listed building consent
Statutory listing covers both external and internal features of a listed building as well as any curtilage listed buildings and boundary walls and fences. If you wish to alter, extend or demolish a listed building in a way that affects its character as a building of special interest you must first obtain Listed Building Consent.
Apply for Listed Building Consent on the Planning Portal
All applications for Listed Building Consent will require an accompanying Heritage Statement Read advice on producing a Heritage Statement
Advice on works to listed buildings
Maintenance and like for like repairs to statutory listed buildings do not need listed building consent. If you are uncertain whether permission is needed, you can contact the Heritage team
For pre-application advice which relates to extensions and other new development please see our pre-application page.
Buildings at risk
A building at risk is a listed building identified as ‘at risk’ through neglect, decay, vandalism or vulnerable to becoming so. Three surveys have been undertaken within the borough since 1994, the latest of which was between April 2016 and December 2018. A report on the findings has been produced. If you believe a listed building to be ‘at risk’ please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the buildings at risk survey – Feb 2019
Historic buildings grants
We operate a small discretionary grants scheme to contribute towards the cost of repair and maintenance of statutorily and locally listed buildings and significant unlisted buildings in conservation areas.
Download our application form for historic buildings grants.
A grants scheme is also operated by the Surrey Historic Buildings Trust
Heritage Open Days
Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. This initiative provides an opportunity to visit historic buildings, many of them listed and many which may not usually be open to the public. Entry is free of charge. In 2019 the event will be held from 13 - 22 September. Previous participants within Elmbridge have included Claremont Mansion. St George's Church and the Quaker Meeting House in Esher, St Mary's Church and Riverhouse Barn in Walton-on-Thames and Cobham Mill.
Further information is available on the Heritage Open Days website
Further information and advice
Advice for owners of listed/locally listed buildings and buildings within conservation areas can be found on the Historic England website.