Listed buildings and conservation areas

Historic Environment Planning Team during the coronavirus

The Historic Environment Planning Team continues to provide the vast majority of its usual advisory services despite the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Team members are not attending face-to-face meetings either on Surrey County Council premises or elsewhere until further notice. In common with most council colleagues, team members are working from home, so please do not send anything via post. The best way to make contact in the present circumstances is via email.

As Officers are now working without immediate access to casework files and the majority of the office-based Historic Environment Record resources, please be aware that responses may take longer than usual. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Built heritage and planning

The Historic Environment Planning Team provides advice to Surrey County Council on matters relating to listed buildings, locally listed buildings and conservation areas. This includes minerals and waste sites and properties owned by the County Council. All other planning applications are managed by the 11 borough and district councils in the county. Further information on this and the services offered by the team can be found below.

Listed buildings

Surrey has over six thousand buildings of historic interest.

If you own a listed building you will need listed building consent to make alterations. You may also need planning permission. Decisions regarding this process are the responsibility of your local district or borough council.

The statutory list is available from the Historic England website.

The Images of England website is a useful website for finding out about listed buildings in your area (please note that for a full search you have to register online - a quick process).

If you are unable to find a listed building on this website it may be that this is because the building's name has been changed, please contact your district or borough council for a definitive ruling on whether a building is listed:

The Historic England website can provide you with more information on listed buildings, including how to apply to have your building listed.

Anyone can apply for a building to be listed. If you wish to have a building considered, you should visit the Historic England website.

The application should be supported by as much information as possible, including:

  • The address of the building
  • The reasons why you believe it may merit listing
  • Clear original external and internal photographs
  • The name and contact details of the owner
  • A location map

The more information that is supplied the quicker a listing application can be dealt with.

For help with the listing process or for any questions regarding the process, please contact Historic England Customer Services at the following email: customers@HistoricEngland.org.uk or telephone: 0370 333 0607.

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Conservation areas

There are 200 conservation areas in Surrey. The first tranche of designations related to the historic town and village centres, but the conservation areas designated more recently recognise the importance of specialist sites such as Brooklands motor racing circuit, the Wey Navigation and the Epsom hospital sites.

Responsibility for the day-to-day management of conservation areas, preparation of character appraisals and schemes for their preservation and enhancement rests with the relevant local district or borough council.

For queries about conservation areas, please contact your local district or borough council:

Chargeable services

As a chargeable service, the Historic Environment Planning Team is able to provide appraisals of historic buildings and conservation areas which may subsequently be used in the development process. This service is based on capacity within the team and quotes for work are provided on request. If you are interested in a quote then please contact Christopher Reynolds at: buildingconsultations@surreycc.gov.uk.