A Guide to Heritage Protection

Welcome to the most comprehensive online guide to heritage protection in England.

This is a guide to the law, policy and guidance that protects the heritage in our listed buildings, conservation areas, scheduled monuments, registered parks, gardens and battlefields, ship and other protected wreck sites, World Heritage Sites, non-designated archaeological sites, local listed buildings and other heritage assets.


The guide only summarises the law, policy or guidance. In any particular case it may be necessary to consult the primary source and seek independent advice.

Failing to adhere to the law may be a criminal offence.

Heritage Planning Case Database 

Search for appeal and call-in decisions relating to planning permission that affects a heritage asset.

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Heritage at Risk

Powers to stop decay and loss of historic buildings and sites.

Heritage at Risk

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