Consultation Process

We have introduced a new consultation process to make listing more open and transparent.  This new process allows us to consult the applicant, owner and local planning authority while assessing the application for listing.

Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, at dusk

Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, at dusk

How the Process Works

The key stages of the consultation process are set out below.

When we receive an application we notify the owner and local planning authority of it. 

  • At this stage owners and the local planning authority can forward on to us any further information or comments they might have on the special architectural and historic interest of the building.  This will help us with the assessment

Once we have completed our research, and possibly a site visit, to find out more about the proposed candidate for listing we will put together an initial report which will be sent out to the owner, applicant and local planning authority for consultation.  The initial report sets out the history and background information about the building proposed for listing, and will form the basis for our assessment about whether it has the special interest necessary for listing.

  • Consultees will be asked to send in their responses within 21 days from the date of the consultation letter. We have provided guidance to help you draft your response which can be downloaded (under Related Documents)
  • It is important to note that we can only consider comments on the special architectural or historic interest of a building
  • Owners using planning consultants to assist them may want to take this deadline into consideration

We will then consider all representations made before finalising our recommendation to the Secretary of State for the DCMS.  The decision on whether to list is taken by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Although we will follow this process in the majority of cases, if it can be demonstrated that the building or site is at substantial risk of imminent damage or destruction, then English Heritage may choose not to notify or consult the owner or local authority.