Heritage assets

Statutory listed buildings

A statutory listed building is a building or structure that has special architectural or historic interest and has been placed on the National Heritage List for England (NHLE). The List is a register of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England. Entries on the list are decided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Check if you live in a listed building

Go to our planning searches database, select the Property tab, enter your property details and click on the Property Attributes tab to find out about your property.

Historic England maintains The National Heritage List which is a searchable database of all nationally designated heritage assets including Brent’s listed buildings and registered parks and gardens.

Listing these buildings identifies and acknowledges our shared history. It marks and celebrates a building or structures special architectural or historic interest, and also brings it under the management of the planning system so that consideration can be made about its future.

Listing categories

  • Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest – Brent has one of these.
  • Grade II* buildings are particularly important buildings of more than special interest - Brent has nine of these.
  • Grade II buildings are of special interest. Brent has around 200 of these.

When a building is listed, all of the building itself (internally and externally), anything fixed to it and also most buildings and structures in its grounds are part of the listed building.

If you are considering undertaking any work to a listed building or structure it is likely that you will need listed building consent, in addition to any other permissions or approvals.

Listed building consent is required in order for Brent to make decisions that balance the site's architectural or historic significance against other issues.

You are therefore likely to need consent for:

  • demolition of all or part of a listed building (including buildings and structures in the curtilage)
  • alterations (including internal works) that affect the character of the building
  • extensions
  • repairs that involve replacing important parts of the building's fabric or using different materials (such as replacing the roof).

It is an offence to carry out works to a listed building that affect its architectural or historic interest without the approval of Planning Services.  

You could be liable to prosecution, and be made to rectify any changes you have made.  The maximum penalty could include imprisonment and unlimited fines.

In Princess Road a Local Listed Building Consent Order has been granted which permits repairs to a number of listed properties.  See which properties and the details of the Order below.

Locally listed buildings

Brent has identified a number non-designated heritage assets and included them on a Local List of Buildings or Structures of Architectural or Historic Interest.

Check if you live in a locally listed building

Enter your property details into our planning policies map to find out if your property is locally listed and download the local list description.

You can also view the list descriptions of all the locally listed assets in Brent.

These assets are known as locally listed and include monuments, sites, places, areas or landscapes identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions.

Whilst not statutory listed, these buildings and structures are of good quality design or are historically significant.

They are important local landmark features in their own right and make a significant contribution to the character and appearance of their locality.

The inclusion on the local list simply means that we will take into account the heritage asset’s special local architectural or historic significance when considering a planning application.