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Apply for Listing and Designation

To apply for a historic place (heritage asset) to be added to the National Heritage List for England (NHLE), please use our online listing and designation application form.

Using the form you can apply to:

  • List a building
  • Schedule a monument
  • Register a park, garden or battlefield
  • Protect a wreck site

The listing and designation application form can also be used to amend or remove existing records from the National Heritage List for England and apply for our Enhanced Advisory Services.

Applications for Certificates of Immunity (COI) and Building Preservation Notices (BPN) can also be made. However, certain restrictions apply to these types of application, which are explained in more detail in the fact sheets available for COIs and BPNs amongst the Related Documents at the bottom of this page.

We will prioritise the assessment of heritage assets under threat of demolition, alteration, removal or salvage.

Police Box adjacent to the Town Hall in Sheffield, listed at Grade II
Police Box adjacent to the Town Hall in Sheffield, listed at Grade II

Progressing applications

We receive a high number of applications for designation, and need to balance these against our strategic work, directing our finite resources to those that are most in need of attention.

We will only take forward applications for designation where the building or site:

  • Is demonstrably under serious threat of demolition or major alteration
  • Is a Designation Department priority under Historic England’s programme of strategic work
  • Possesses evident significance, and is obviously worthy of inclusion on the National Heritage List for England

Applications received which do not meet one of these three measures will not be taken forward.

More information about these changes can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions document.

Starting your application

Before starting your application please read the application checklist to see what you will need to have to hand when completing the form. Our application form guidance provides step-by-step guidance on how to fill out the form.

Examples of completed applications, showing the kind of information we need before we can begin to process your application, are available in the Related Documents section at the bottom of this page.

In order to begin your application you will need a Heritage Passport account. This is quick and easy to set up and will allow you to submit as many applications as you like, and to return to unfinished applications at any time.

Set up your account and log in to start your application

Please Note 
We are unable to process applications that do not include clear, current, colour photographs of the place (exterior and interior, where applicable), or applications that are incomplete.

Please be careful not to trespass on private property when taking photographs.

Applying for our Enhanced Advisory Services

Historic England is now offering four new services providing enhancements to our existing free planning and listing services.

You can apply for two of these, Fast-Track Listing and Listing Enhancement , using the same online application form as indicated above. Please make sure that you supply us with as much relevant information as possible in order for us to make a decision on your case.

Applying to list a war memorial

If you know of a war memorial that isn’t listed, we would love to hear from you. Because they remain such powerful and poignant reminders of the war’s impact on communities, war memorials have been specifically identified by the Government for attention over 2014-18.

Currently only 1,300 of England’s war memorials are listed, which is a small percentage of the total. If you know of an unlisted war memorial you can apply for it to be listed using the online application form via Heritage Passport.

The more information you can supply about the memorial and its history, the better. Advice on what information we need and where to find it can be found in our ‘Listing War Memorials in England - A Guide for Volunteers' publication.

Battersea Park memorial, commemorating the dead of the 24th Infantry Division, carved by the war artist Eric Kennington.
Battersea Park memorial. Unveiled in 1924, it commemorates the dead of the 24th Infantry Division and was carved by the war artist Eric Kennington. It is Grade II* listed.

On 1 April 2015 the part of English Heritage represented on this website changed its name to Historic England. You may notice that some of our content still refers to English Heritage. We are in the process of rebranding, but in the meantime please be assured that all our content and guidance is still current.


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