Listed buildings are those that are considered to have special architectural and historical interest. Our district has over 2,000. The older a building is, the more likely it is to be listed.

Listed building designations

You can check via My Property to find out if a property is listed, or visit Historic England's National Heritage List for England.

Listed building status is given by the government and provides protection against change, not just of the building's exterior, but also its interior and, if built before 1 June 1948, any freestanding structure in the garden or grounds of the building, including the boundary wall. You can apply for a building to be listed and for changes to an existing designation via the Historic England website.

Listed building consent

Listing doesn't prevent changes being made to a building, but it does mean that listed building consent must be applied for before any changes are carried out.

This information explains the protection listed buildings enjoy, what restrictions are in force on development and alterations and grants that could help with the cost of restoration.

If you're thinking of applying for listed building consent, you can download a copy of the application form from our application forms page. Listed building applications now need a design and access statement to be included with your application.

Heritage at risk programme

Historic England's heritage at risk programme (HAR) identifies historic sites that are most at risk of being lost through neglect, decay or inappropriate development. There are 28 sites on the register in the Harrogate district. You can search the register via the Historic England website.

North Yorkshire historic environment record

The North Yorkshire Historic Environment Record (HER) also provides detailed information and maps on historic buildings across the district.


North Yorkshire County Council's historic environment team can offer pre-planning specialist archaeological information and advice to potential applicants.

Page last updated 12/10/2018