Listed and locally listed buildings

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 pre-application advice.

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

 View the buildings at risk survey – Feb 2019

Historic buildings grants

 The Surrey Historic Buildings Trust operates a grant scheme to contribute towards building conservation and restoration projects.

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

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