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Listed buildings

Date updated: 4/08/2022

There are more than 600 listed buildings and other structures in the City of London.

Listing helps us acknowledge, understand and protect our shared history. It identifies a building's special architectural and/or historic interest. The older the building, the more likely it is to be listed.

Alterations to listed buildings may need listed building consent from the City of London Corporation. Proposed changes will need to be carefully considered in order to protect the special character of the building.

If you are considering making changes to a listed building, you can go to our planning application pages to find out how to apply for permission.

Listed building management guidelines

For some listed buildings in the City, management guidelines have been developed to manage the pressure for change and ensure works respect their special architectural and historic interest.

The Barbican Estate is a mixed use development constructed between 1963 and 1982 by the City of London Corporation, designed by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. It includes two schools, a theatre and more than 2,000 flats.

In 2001 the whole estate was listed at Grade II. The Listed Building Management Guidelines (LBMG) were approved as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) in 2005 and updated in 2012. The guidelines help residents, those managing the estate and planning officers to assess what kind of work will need listed building consent.

Volume II identifies Good Practice and Volume III discusses the Soft Landscape and green infrastructure. Volumes II and III have not been adopted as SPDs.

Volume IV cover the Landscape elements of the Barbican Estate and provides advice on managing change across the open spaces of the estate. 

Golden Lane Estate is a mixed use development that was constructed between 1953 and 1962 by the City of London Corporation. It includes a leisure centre and swimming pool, community centre and more than 500 flats. It was originally designed as a social housing estate. The architects were Chamberlin, Powell and Bonn.

In 1997 the whole estate was listed. Crescent House is listed at Grade II*, the remainder of the Estate, including the landscaping and public areas are listed at Grade II.

In June 2007 the Listed Building Management Guidelines were prepared to help residents, those managing the estate and planning officers to assess what types of work would need listed building consent. The Guidelines are a Supplementary Planning Document. In 2012 the Guidelines were revised to reflect changes in legislation and regulations and to fill in gaps that had become apparent since they  had been published.


A quintessential Victorian market complex, designed in 1881 by the City Corporation's surveyor, Sir Horace Jones.

The Leadenhall Market Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is in two parts.

The first part is the Conservation Area Character Summary and Management Strategy analyses the special architectural and historical interest of the conservation area and explains how planning policies apply to it.

The second part, the Leadenhall Market Listed Building Management Guidelines, provide advice on best practice for repairs and alterations to the grade II* listed Market buildings and explain the planning permissions needed for works.

Barbican Estate Homes Improvement Pack PDF (600KB)
Date submitted: 18/09/20

More information

More information on listed buildings, their designation and management is at Historic England