How do I find out if a building is listed in Northern Ireland?

To find out if a building is listed in Northern Ireland, you can search the Northern Ireland Buildings Database. This has information on all listed buildings as well as information on buildings recorded since 1997 that do not meet the statutory test.

Can you build in the grounds of a Grade 2 listed building?

Grade II listed buildings are subject to regulations which protect their historical and architectural significance. These buildings are of special interest, meaning alterations and building work can’t be carried out without written consent from the relevant authorities.

How are listed buildings protected?

There is no statutory protection of a building or object on the local list but many receive a degree of protection from loss through being in a Conservation Area or through planning policy. Councils hope that owners will recognise the merits of their properties and keep them unaltered if at all possible.

What can you do to a Grade B listed building?

You need to apply for listed building consent from your local authority to demolish, alter or extend any part of your listed building in a way which affects its character. Routine repairs and redecoration that do not affect the character of the listed building do not normally require consent.

How many buildings are listed in Belfast?

The County has 79 Grade A listed buildings, of which 37 are located within the city of Belfast.

Who decides if a building is listed?

the Secretary of State
When it comes to listing a building, scheduling a monument or protecting a wreck site, the final decision is taken by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. They also decide whether a building, a monument or a wreck can be removed from the List or whether a List entry can be amended.

Can part of a building be listed?

What parts of the building does listing cover? Listing covers a whole building, including the interior, unless parts of it are specifically excluded in the list description. It can also cover: Other attached structures and fixtures.

Can I put a shed in the garden of a listed building?

Whilst garden rooms are considered within the scope of permitted development for most properties, listed buildings can bring specific challenges. You will require planning permission to build any structure in the curtilage of a listed building.

What is a Grade B listed building?

There are three categories of listed buildings: Category B buildings are of regional or more local importance; may have been altered; and are major examples of a particular period, style or building type.

Where can I find information about listed buildings in Northern Ireland?

Should you want to find out more about listed buildings in areas which have not yet been covered by the survey, information in paper form can be accessed at the Monuments and Buildings Record in Waterman House – the NIEA: Built Heritage Headquarters building in Hill Street in Belfast.

What is the role of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency?

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) is an Executive Agency within the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. The Agency’s primary purpose is to protect and enhance Northern Ireland’s environment, and in doing so, deliver health and well-being benefits and support economic growth.

What is the list of buildings?

The List of Buildings is a register recording all types of structures, ranging from grand houses and cathedrals to warehouses and small buildings. Statutory listing of buildings began in Northern Ireland in 1974 and the ‘First Survey’ of listed buildings took over 20 years to complete.

Where can I find information about historic monuments in Northern Ireland?

Over 16, 000 historic monuments have been identified in Northern Ireland, from prehistoric tombs to post-medieval settlements. They’re all recorded online at the NI Sites and Monuments Record . You can also view these records in the public research room located in the Klondyke Building in the Belfast. Contact details at the link below: