Listed Buildings


A Listed Building is one that has been identified by the Secretary of State as being of "special architectural or historic interest". As such it is worthy of special protection. In considering whether a building is worthy of this special protection the following guidelines are used:

  • All buildings built before 1700 and have survived in anything like their original form;
  • Most buildings dating from 1700 to 1840 will qualify unless they have been altered unsympathetically.
  • After this date, only buildings that are of exceptional quality, or have been designed by an important architect, or represent an innovative form of construction, are listed.

The listing process is not restricted to buildings. It can include any structure of interest. For example bridges, walls, telephone kiosks and even gravestones. 


Listed buildings are graded according to their relative importance:

  • Grade I buildings are of outstanding architectural or historic interest and are of national importance with only a small percentage falling into this category;
  • Grade II* is given to buildings that have some extra merit such as an outstanding interior;
  • Grade II listed buildings are of special interest and the majority fall into this group.

Despite this grading it should be noted that the statutory controls are the same for all grades of listed buildings.


Listed Buildings in Arun

There are 971 Listed Buildings in Arun District of which 48 are included in Grades I or II*. Please see the table below.

Listed Buildings In Arun


Number of Buildings/Structures

Grade I


Grade II*


Grade II





Is my property listed?

Please use our online Geographical Information System (GIS) to search for Listed Buildings, as well as a selection of other information such as Conservation Areas and Tree Preservation Orders.

How to use the map


  1. Search for your property by full address or postcode, in the box centred above the map window.
  2. Once you have located your property in this box click on the address.
  3. This will centre the map over your selection and show any information relating to this property in the left hand window (this will display no information on the map itself).
  4. To see this information on the map please open up the drop down menu called “map layers” in the left hand column, and select which layers you would like to be visible by clicking on the eye symbol.
  5. You can also show the legend and a brief description for each layer by clicking the relevant symbols (the middle and right symbols next to the eye) in the left hand window.
  6. You can also change between standard GIS mapping or Aerial imagery, on the right of the map.


Please note that every attempt is made to keep the above listing of Listed Buildings up to date. However, if for any reason you wish to seek confirmation concerning the status of a property please contact Arun District Council’s Conservation Officer on 01903 737500. Alternatively, please email us at


Alterations to Listed Buildings

Many listed buildings can sustain some degree of sensitive alteration or extension to accommodate continuing or new uses. In order to safeguard the special character of a listed building, consent from the District Council is required for any internal or external alterations, or to demolish any part of it, regardless of age. The procedure for gaining listed building consent is similar to that for gaining planning permission. However, no fee is required. In some instances, both planning permission and listed building consent are required for the same work. In such circumstances it will be necessary to gain permission for both, before work commences. Applicants for listed building consent must be able to justify their proposals. They will need to show why works which affect the character of a listed building are desirable or necessary.

They should provide the Local Authority with full information. This is to enable them to assess the likely impact of their proposals on the special architectural or historic interest of the building and on its setting. It should be noted that any object or structure which is fixed to the building, or is within the curtilage and forms part of the land and has done so since July 1948, are also treated as part of the building for the purposes of listed building control. If your listed building consent application is refused then you have the right to appeal against this decision to the Secretary of State.

The Listed Building Repairs Advice Request Form [docx] 402KB  is for use by anyone proposing works of repair to a Listed Building, to seek an informal opinion about the impacts that their proposal is likely to have on the building along with the need for Listed Building Consent.


Alterations requiring Listed Building Consent

Listed Building Consent is required for any works of alteration, extension or demolition which affect the character or appearance of a Listed Building. This is in addition to any other necessary consents such as Planning Permission or Building Regulations. Even works of a fairly minor nature will need Listed Building Consent, and, as mentioned above, both internal and external works will require Listed Building Consent.

The following are examples of typical works that require Listed Building Consent:

  • Replacement windows and doors.
  • Changes to roofing materials.
  • Painting [including doors and windows] of the building in a manner which would affect its character and also painting over previously unpainted surfaces.
  • Replacing original surfaces such as lathe and plaster, floorboards, etc. with different materials.
  • Forming new internal partitions and in the formation of openings in original internal walls.
  • Attaching items such as satellite dishes, alarms, signs, advertisements to the building.
  • Removal of sections of boundary walling to form pedestrian or vehicular accesses.
  • Re-pointing in a different mix from the original and where re-pointing would alter the character or appearance of the building.
  • Works which would involve the removal or alteration of original internal features such as fireplaces, cornices, dado rails, skirting boards, etc.

It is stressed that the above are examples only based on the most common enquiries received by Planning Services. All works which affect the appearance or character or historic fabric of the building will need Listed Building Consent.



It is a criminal offence to deliberately damage or carry out works to a Listed Building without first obtaining Listed Building Consent. The penalties are extremely severe and could involve a custodial sentence. Early consultation with the Arun District Council’s Conservation Officer is strongly recommended. In view of the importance of Listed Buildings and the need for special care in repairs and alterations it is always recommended that specialist architects, surveyors or other relevant consultants and contractors.


Maintenance and repairs

You are required to retain as much of the original fabric as possible and to repair rather than replace historic fabric. Where parts of a building are beyond repair you are required to replace like with like. If this is done then listed building consent will not normally be required. The replacement of existing features using modern materials, handmade clay tiles with concrete ones or timber windows with aluminium or uPVC requires listed building consent and such changes will not normally be permitted. In most cases it is both cheaper and more sustainable to repair rather than to replace existing features.

Listed buildings, by nature of their age, are usually more expensive to maintain than their modern counterparts. However, this can be minimised by the regular maintenance and repair. It is particularly important to regularly check roofs, chimney stacks, downpipes, gutters and external timber work and to repair any defects as soon as possible, thus avoiding more expensive repairs later.

The use of the right materials and traditional building techniques is also important to retaining the special character of a building.

Owners of listed buildings are encouraged to keep them in a good state of repair. In extreme cases, where the structural integrity of a building is threatened by neglect, then the District Council can take formal action against the owner to ensure that essential repairs are carried out.

Further detailed advice is provided by a document produced by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation entitled “A Stitch in Time: Maintaining your property makes good sense and saved money”.


Buying a Listed Building

If you are considering buying a listed building it is worth bearing in mind the following points:

  • If your purchase is dependent on adding an extension or altering the listed building in some way then contact the Conservation Officer for advice before purchasing the property. In some instances changes may not be suitable and therefore not supported. New building within the setting of a listed building may be controversial and should not be relied upon to finance restoration or increase property value.
  • Local Searches sometimes show that alterations have been carried out without Listed Building Consent. There is no time limit on pursuing enforcement action against such unauthorised works and as the owner you may be liable for any offending work carried out by previous owners.


Further information

For more information on any aspect regarding the information on this page please contact the Conservation Officer on 01903 737500.

The Conservation Officer will provide informal comments on proposals to a listed building (both internal and external). You are requested to complete Historic Building and Conservation Enquiry Form.doc [doc] 117KB and supply the following information where relevant:

  • A description of the works that you would like us to comment on
  • Annotated plans and elevation drawings showing the area of the building which the works relate to. These must include sufficient detail to enable us to reach a view, but can be in sketch form.
  • Photographs of the part of the building affected 
  • Any additional reports


External links

These societies and organizations may be of further assistance. Please note that the Council cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites.