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Vacant Historic Buildings

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An owner’s guide to temporary uses, maintenance and mothballing

English Heritage has produced this guidance to help owners to reduce the risks facing empty buildings, by undertaking a range of precautionary measures and adopting an active management approach. It applies to all types of heritage buildings, whether or not they have statutory protection.

It explains how to de-commission buildings that are about to be vacated, as well as how to look after buildings that have already been vacant for some time.  By adopting this approach, owners can prevent unnecessary damage, dereliction and loss of significance to these buildings. They will also benefit by maintaining the market value of their assets and increasing the chances of bringing them back into permanent use.

If you have any comments or queries about the guidance, please contact

Heritage at Risk

Listed buildings which are left empty and unprotected may be classified as being 'at risk'. For more information about Historic England's Heritage at Risk initiative.

Additional Information

  • Series: Heritage at Risk
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51707


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