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A building is listed when it’s of special architectural or historic interest and thought to be of national importance and worth protecting.

There are 3 categories of listed buildings, Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II. The statutory list is compiled by the Secretary of State hence they are referred to as 'Listed Buildings'.

There are approaching 300 statutorily listed buildings and structures in Dudley and this number increases yearly, examples include the Grade I listed Church of St John the Baptist, Halesowen, the Grade II* listed Dudley drinking fountain or the Grade II listed Memorial Archway at Stourbridge War Memorial Athletic Ground.

We have also compiled a Local List of historic buildings in Dudley that do not meet the national criteria for inclusion on the statutory lists which are nevertheless worthy of protection and conservation in their own right.

A-Z Statutory listed buildings in Dudley

The ‘Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest' is made up of buildings or structures considered to be of national importance because of their architectural or historic features. They are protected by legislation in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

A lot of the listed buildings in Dudley were placed on the statutory list in the 1970’s and a large majority are a product of 18th and 19th century industrial growth however there are earlier structures that show the development of building style over time such as the Grade II listed timber-framed cottage, Whitefriars, Church Lane, Halesowen and also later structures dating from the early 20th century such as the 12 Tecton Structures located within grounds of Dudley Zoo.

You can find out if a property you are interested in is locally listed by using the A-Z listing of the locally listed buildings in Dudley. To search, you can enter the name of the address into the keyword search box below, or search by district or SMR number.

The full descriptions of nationally designated heritage assets and the reasons as to why they were added to the statutory list is available look at the on National Heritage List for England (NHLE) available on Historic England’s website.

Locally listed buildings in Dudley

The bulk of Dudley’s historic buildings, including industrial archaeological remains, were built after 1840 and so will often not meet the national criteria necessary for inclusion on the statutory lists.

This does not, however, diminish their importance in terms of the local historic character of the many different townships which make up Dudley. The “Local List” was, therefore, compiled to provide a measure of protection to the most important of these historic buildings and structures.

Although controls are not as strict as those related to the Statutory List, we are committed to resisting proposals to demolish or adversely alter Locally Listed Buildings.

The Local List for Dudley was approved for adoption by Dudley Council's Development Control Committee on 12 December 1996 based on the contribution they make to the character and distinctiveness of the Borough’s townscape and landscape.

The Dudley Local List has since been reviewed using an updated set of assessment criteria approved by Development Control Committee on the 23 February 2016 which was produced following a public consultation exercise undertaken during 2015 and currently comprises upwards of 300 entries.

You can find out if a property you are interested in is locally listed by using the A-Z listing of the locally listed buildings in Dudley.

Town and architectural trails in Dudley

A guide to some of the important buildings and places in Dudley, including suggested routes for walks.

Heritage-led regeneration

Heritage led regeneration schemes have helped to transform parts of the borough by strengthening the self-image of areas to recreate viable and attractive places, and encouraging sustained inward investments and levering in significant amounts of capital to sustain and create local jobs.