City of London blue plaques
The application and assessment process is under review and we are unable to process new applications until further notice.
An application is subject to an evaluation, based on the Open Spaces Committee report of April 1996 "The City of London Corporation Commemorative Plaques – Criteria for the Evaluation of Proposals". A copy is available from the City Surveyor's department. See 'contact the Team'.
Each proposal is treated on its merits and in relation to the overall street scene in the area where it is proposed to be erected. A plaque to commemorate significant people, places and events in the City's history is generally desirable but there are occasion when a plaque would result in visual clutter.
The City of London Corporation consults the appropriate individuals, bodies, institutions and organisations, but it is responsible for the decision to approve an application.
Many more applications are received than can be approved with the resources available so the City Corporation prioritises the applications.
The City Corporation welcomes a financial contribution towards a plaque but this has no bearing on the decision on an application's suitability.
A successful Blue Plaque application takes approximately 5 years.
Contact the Team
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the scheme, email Blue Plaques or write to:
Blue Plaque Scheme
The City Surveyor
City of London Corporation
PO Box 270
London EC2P 2EJ
There are approximately 170 Blue Plaques in the City of London.
- The City Corporation only offers a Blue Plaque and does accept pavement mounted plaques or brass, metal or polymer based plates.
- The plaque is a clay tablet, finished to a standard design, either surface mounted or recessed into the surrounding building material.
Historic England is responsible for the Blue Plaque Scheme outside the City of London boundary.