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.
The National Heritage List for England (NHLE) is the only official and up-to-date database of all listed and designated heritage sites.
Find out how you can apply to have a heritage site added to the List.
An overview of what designation is and why Historic England does it.
Our selection guides help explain the criteria used to determine whether or not a site should be added to the List.
Our showcase of some of the hundreds of outcomes we've delivered over recent years in identifying heritage through designation.