Your Home

House and garden

This section is aimed at anyone living in a historic building – it could be listed, in a conservation area or simply old. It offers advice on how best to maintain your home, what to consider if you want to make changes – including what permission and consent you might need - and how to make it more energy efficient. The National Heritage List for England can tell you if your home is listed.
Plans to divide English Heritage will not directly affect building owners but we do want to know your views on the consultation.

Owning an Older Home

Find out what living in an older home means for owners.

More about owning an older home

Making Changes to Your Home

Read about the types of permission you will need to make changes, and other considerations for the most common types of work.

More about making changes

Looking After Your Home

If you are planning to repair an older house or you want to find out how to keep it in good condition, see our section on looking after your home.

Look after your home

Conservation Principles

English Heritage has published the key principles we use to make decisions and offer advice about all aspects of the historic environment.

See Conservation Principles

Saving Energy

You can improve the energy efficiency of your home in ways sympathetic to its historic character.

More on saving energy

Your Home's History

Researching the history of your home is not only fascinating but also useful if you’re thinking of making changes or want to know how best to look after it.

Research your home's history