Heritage at risk
Keeping historic buildings in good repair and, where possible, in use, is the key to their preservation. Owners of listed buildings are under no statutory obligation to maintain their property in a good state of repair, although it is in their interests to do so.
Historic England maintain a heritage at risk register which is publish every year and includes scheduled monuments, grade I and grade II* listed buildings, conservation areas and registered parks and gardens. You can search the register
We help Historic England maintain the list and we maintain a register of all listed buildings that are considered to be at risk and this includes grade II listed buildings. This register is also updated annually.
We can take action to secure repair when it becomes evident that a building is being allowed to deteriorate.
Urgent works notices, repairs notices and Section 215 notices can be very effective tools to help secure the preservation of historic buildings.
We also run a small grant scheme called the historic buildings grant. This scheme aims to help with the cost of repairs to historic buildings and is now prioritised towards buildings at risk.
Historic England also runs a grant scheme for the repair of buildings of outstanding architectural or historic interest, this usually means Grade I or Grade II* buildings. View further information on funding schemes on Historic England's website.
There are other potential funding opportunities for heritage at risk from large national schemes such as the Heritage Lottery Fund to small local schemes.