What is a listed building? - Information about listed buildings

Which Buildings in Bassetlaw are Listed?

There are over 1000 listed buildings in Bassetlaw. There is a rich variety of buildings including churches, houses, barns, bridges and dovecotes. You can search for listed buildings on the National Heritage List for England (external link).

It is important to remember that any building or structure attached to a listed building or which stands within its grounds and has done so since 1st July 1948 may also be listed by virtue of Section 1 (5) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

Listed buildings and the Law

Under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 it is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building without first obtaining Listed Building Consent. Doing so can lead to heavy financial penalties and even a possible prison sentence. See the Council's Listed Building Consent page for further details.

Ecclesiastical exemption

Alterations to listed churches and chapels of the six denominations operating an acceptable internal system of control are exempt from the need for Listed Building Consent provided that the building remains in use as a place of worship. The exempt denominations include:

  • the Church of England
  • the Church in Wales
  • the Methodists
  • the Roman Catholics
  • the United Reformed and those Baptist churches where the Baptist Union acts in the capacity of trustee.

However, please note that for any significant external alterations to these buildings, planning permission is still required.


Proper maintenance of historic buildings will preserve their integrity and their value. Owners of listed buildings (including curtilage structures) should ensure that their property is kept in good condition and not fall into disrepair. Failure to do so can lead to the local authority using enforcement powers to ensure that a building is repaired. There is also the power for a building to be Compulsory Purchased by the local authority or the Secretary of State. It is therefore recommended that owners and occupiers seek professional advice if in any doubt about how best to preserve such buildings.

For further information, including design please read our Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and Other Heritage Assets Guide (Oct 2013 Update) (PDF) - This document may not be suitable for users with assistive technology. Request an accessible format.



Last Updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024