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Listed Buildings

Find out which buildings in East Renfrewshire are listed and what this means.

Drawing tower at Dams to Darnley

What is a Listed Building?

A listed building is one which has been identified as meeting the criteria set by the Scottish Ministers under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997. The building must be of special interest in the following broad categories:

  • Age and rarity
  • Architectural interest
  • Close historical association

The term 'building' is broadly defined in the legislation and can include (for example):

  • Walls
  • Fountains
  • Sundials
  • Statues
  • Bridges
  • Bandstands
  • Telephone boxes

A new bill Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2011 was passed by Scottish Parliament on 20th January 2011.

The Bill amends and addresses specific gaps and weaknesses identified in 3 pieces of legislation:

Who is responsible for determining a building as Listed?

The listed building team at Historic Scotland is responsible for determining if a property should become listed. We are responsible for determining what is covered by the listing and whether or not other structures at the address may also be covered by the listing.

The usual tests to determine if other structures should be included are:

  • Were the structures built before 1948?
  • Were they in the same ownership as the main subject of listing at the time of listing?
  • Do the structures clearly relate in terms of their (original) function to the main subject of the listing?
  • Are the structures still related to the main subject on the ground?
  • Anyone can submit a proposal to Historic Scotland to have a building considered for listing.

What does the Listing include?

No matter what the category, the listing covers both the interior and exterior of the building or structure at the address given on the list.

Listing Categories:

  • Category A
    Buildings of national or international importance, whether architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, stole or building type
  • Category B
    Buildings of regional or more than local importance, or major examples of some particular period, style or buildings type which may have been altered
  • Category C
    Buildings of local importance, lesser examples of any period, style, or building type, as originally constructed or moderately altered, and simple traditional buildings which group well with other in categories A and B

If you own a listed building you will need to apply for listed building consent from the Planning Authority for any works that are considered to alter the character of the building or structure. You can contact us at:

Development Plans Team: Principal Planner (Built Environment)
2 Spiersbridge Way,
Spiersbridge Business Park,
East Renfrewshire.
G46 8NG
Tel: 0141 577 3876

Where can I find out what properties have a listing?

There are 138 listed buildings in East Renfrewshire. The listed building register identifies each of these properties and is available to download:

For a complete register of listed buildings throughout Scotland you can search the Historic Scotland website:

Historic Scotland (Listed Buildings)
Longmore House,
Salisbury Place,
Tel: 0131 668 8981/8717
Web: Historic Scotland

The Historic Scotland website gives further comprehensive information on listed buildings and the application process. They have also produced guidance for owners of a listed building.

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