Listed buildings - overview

A Listed Building is identified and protected for its special architectural or historic interest, its close association with nationally important buildings or events, or its value as part of a group of buildings.

Listed Buildings are graded I, II* and II, but there is no legal difference in their protection:

  • Grade I buildings are those of exceptional interest
  • Grade II* are particularly important buildings of more than special interest
  • Grade II are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them

When a building is listed, all of the building itself, anything fixed to it, and also most buildings and structures in its grounds (the curtilage) are part of the listing.  The inside as well as the outside of a building is listed.

Listed buildings in Oxford

Oxford has around 1,500 listed buildings, with more than twice the national average of grade I and II * buildings.  Few other cities contain more magnificent buildings within a relatively small area, or can boast buildings spanning every major period of British architectural history dating back to the 11th century.

Finding if your property is listed

You can see if a property is listed by using our LocalView address search:

  • Click the link above and press the 'search' button
  • Enter the address you're interested in
  • Click on 'Map Features' (pin icon) and check the 'Listed Building' option