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Listing, scheduling, registering and protecting are all forms of designation, for protecting buildings, monuments, parks and gardens, battlefields and wreck sites respectively.

Designation is the act of identifying the most important parts of our heritage so they can receive special protection. We celebrate their significance - and make sure that our history can be enjoyed by present and future generations.

In this section you can find out more about designation and the sites it protects. All of these sites are brought together in the National Heritage List for England (NHLE), which we maintain on behalf of the Government. You can find out about how the NHLE works and how we keep it up to date -  including our processes and the criteria for selecting which sites to add to the List.

  • Exterior of modern warehouse with field of golden grass in foreground.

    Search the List

    The National Heritage List for England (NHLE) is the only official and up-to-date database of all listed and designated heritage sites.

  • Model village in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, constructed between 1936-1940 and recreating the C17, C18 and C19 buildings of the village at a scale of 1:9. Listed Grade II.

    Apply for Listing

    Find out how you can apply to have an historic site added to the Heritage List.

  • Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

    What is Designation?

    An overview of what designation is and why Historic England does it.

  • Church of All Saints, Panxworth, Norfolk, listed Grade II*

    Selection Criteria

    Our selection guides help explain the criteria used to determine whether or not a site should be added to the List.

  • Image of Preston bus station by night.

    Showcasing Designation

    Our showcase of some of the hundreds of outcomes we've delivered over recent years in identifying heritage through designation.

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