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Finding a listed building

If you want to do building work in your home or are moving into a new home on which you plan to do building work on in future, you should check that it's not a listed building.

How to find out if a building is listed

You can find out if a building is listed in Northern Ireland by looking up the Northern Ireland Buildings Database. This contains information on all listed buildings in the region as well as information on buildings recorded since 1997 that do not meet the statutory test. The Statutory List (held in paper form) contains further information on buildings that have not been reviewed since 1997. This can be accessed at the Northern Ireland monuments and buildings record, located in Northern Ireland Environment Agency's (NIEA) offices and are also deposited with Local Councils.

Staff of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency's Historic Buildings Unit are happy to confirm if a structure is listed or not and can be contacted as follows:

  • by telephone on 028 9054 3158 or 028 9054 3176
  • by e-mail at bh@doeni.gov.uk
  • by writing to:
Northern Ireland Environment Agency
Waterman House
5 - 33 Hill Street
Belfast
BT1 2GA

For further information please check the attached links:

Finding listed buildings in your area

Listed buildings are buildings that the Department of the Environment has decided are of ‘special architectural or historic interest’. Any plan to change these structures that might affect their special character must be agreed by the Department. Currently Planning issues this consent, known as Listed Building Consent following expert advice from NIEA architects.

Extra rules to normal planning permissions apply in the case of listed buildings. To find listed buildings in your area, you should use the contact details and websites listed in the section above.

Listed buildings in Northern Ireland are divided into four categories:

Grade A

Special buildings of national importance including both outstanding grand buildings and the fine, little altered examples of some important style or date.

Grade B+

Special buildings that might have merited A status but for relatively minor detracting features such as impurities of design, or lower quality additions or alterations. Also buildings that stand out above the general mass of grade B1 buildings because of exceptional interiors or some other features.

Grade B1 and B2

Special buildings of more local importance or good examples of some period of style. Some degree of alteration or imperfection may be acceptable

Historic Buildings in Northern Ireland may also have some protection as a result of  their location in a Conservation Area, Area of Townscape or Village Character or inclusion as a building of local importance within a Local Landscape Policy Area. This information should be indicated on the current local area plan for your location. Conservation areas can however be designated independently of the plan process and you should therefore double check with the list published on the Planning Website, using the link below:

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