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Listed Buildings In Scotland

Scotland has a rich historic and architectural inheritance illuminating the nation's history and a constant reminder to all of the work and way of life of earlier generations.

What is listing?
Listing is a way of identifying and protecting such buildings ensuring that the historic and architectural interest is carefully considered before any alterations to the exterior or interior can be agreed.

Who administers the system?
Lists are compiled and maintained by Historic Scotland on behalf of the Secretary of State in accordance with the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

Historic Scotland is an agency within the Scottish Executive Education Department, directly responsible to Scottish Ministers for safeguarding the nation's built heritage and promoting its understanding and enjoyment.

The lists comprise a wide variety of structures - from tenement blocks to cathedrals.

Grading
The listings are divided into three categories to distinguish between different levels of interest:

Category A Buildings of national or international importance, either architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or building type.

Category B Buildings of regional or more than local importance, or major examples of some particular period, style or building type which may have been altered.

Category C (S)Buildings of local importance, lesser examples of any period, style or building type, as originally constructed or altered; and simple, traditional buildings which group well together with others in categories A and B or are part of a planned group such as an estate or an industrial complex.

Buildings built before 1700 which survive in anything like their original condition are listed, as are most of those built between 1700 and 1840. Post-1945 buildings have to be exceptionally important to be listed. Normally a building has to be over 30 years old to be eligible for listing. Buildings less than 30 years old would normally only be listed if they were of outstanding quality and under threat. Buildings less than 10 years old are not listed.

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