Listed buildings of Brighton & Hove

What is a listed building?

Listed buildings have special architectural or historic interest and are of national importance. The Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) compiles the register of listed buildings on the advice of Historic England. The Council does not list buildings.

Listed building grades

Buildings are graded to show their relative importance:

  • Grade I: These are buildings of exceptional interest
  • Grade II*: These are particularly important buildings of more than special interest
  • Grade II: These are buildings of special interest which warrant every effort being made to preserve them (92% of all listed buildings nationally).

Listed building controls apply to all buildings equally, irrespective of their grade, and apply to the interior and exterior of the building in its entirety, together with any curtilage structures.

Is a building listed?

Use the summary of listed buildings in Brighton & Hove (PDF 2MB) to check whether a building is listed. Full list descriptions are available by searching the National Heritage List for England, administered by Historic England.

Can I make changes to a listed building?

You will need formal ‘listed building consent’ from the council for any works that would affect a listed building's special character. These works can include demolition, alterations or extensions to the building including works to the building’s interior. It also includes changes to boundaries or other associated structures. It is a criminal offence to carry out such works without first obtaining this consent. 

If you think, having reviewed our guidance, that the works that you wish to undertake do not require Listed Building Consent you can apply for a Certificate of Lawful Proposed Works, which would provide a formal determination that Consent is not required. Further information can be found on the Planning Portal website.

The following documents may be downloaded which give further advice on works to listed buildings:

Historic England have published an advice note on Making Changes to Heritage Assets, including listed buildings. Further information on listed buildings is also available from the Historic England website.

Can I get advice on my proposals to make changes to a listed building?

The council charges a fee for all pre-application advice. Information on how to apply for pre-application advice can be found here.

Before applying for pre-application advice, we suggest that you read the relevant guidance documents on making changes to a listed building. You can also check our advice on common projects

Can I get other specialist heritage advice?

The council charges a fee for providing specialist heritage advice relating to the buying or selling of a listed building or advice on the specific extent of a listing. Details of this service can be found here and to pay for this advice please follow this link 

Other Consents and agreements

The council has made a Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreement [PDF 12MB] with the University of Sussex for the listed buildings on the Falmer campus.

Other sources of information

Historic England 

The Listed Property Owners Club