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About historic and listed buildings

Pitstone windmill

Pitstone windmill

A listed building is acknowledged by the Secretary of State to be of special architectural or historic interest.

The word building is used very generally and includes buildings such as houses, churches, schools and barns, but also includes items such as walls, tomb stones, milestones, ice houses, bridges and locks, telephone and post boxes. There are about 2900 listed buildings in the Vale.

2014/2015 Listed Building Survey

Aylesbury Vale District Council in partnership with English Heritage is carrying out a survey of all grade II non secular listed buildings within the area. For more information about this survey please go to English Heritage Survey page.

Information on listed and historic buildings

To check whether a building is listed and to read the list description click to view Is my building listed or in a conservation area.

To find out more about listed buildings see our frequently asked questions

Download our leaflets about listed and historic buildings.
English Heritage information on traditional windows is also available here.

Listed Buildings Satellite Dishes
Buying a listed building Converting traditional farm buildings
Witchert Buildings Converting historic listed farm buildings
Thatching Doors in  historic and listed buildings
Windows in historic and listed buildings English Heritage publication on Traditional Windows
Listed building consent

Once listed, a building has special protection under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 and we have additional powers of protection. Owners have extra responsibilities, for example the need to obtain listed building consent for certain work on the building. It is an offence to carry out works to a listed building without consent.

Download the listed building consent application form and notes to apply for listed building consent. Also download the guidance on the specific additional information which may be needed with your application.

Specialist advice about listed and historic buildings

More individual help can be obtained by consulting our specialist listed buildings advice service

More information about historic buildings

These societies also provide information on historic buildings

The Ancient Monuments Society is concerned with the study and conservation of ancient monuments, historic buildings and fine old craftsmanship

The Georgian Group has information on Georgian buildings, monuments and landscapes

The Victorian Society has information on Victorian and Edwardian buildings

The Twentieth Century Society has information on 20th century design from 1914

Date Updated: 18/12/14

Contact information


Historic buildings officer


01296 585679