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Listed buildings and conservation areas

Listed buildings and scheduled monuments

There are currently around 195 buildings and structures in Sandwell which are included in the schedule of buildings of special architectural or historic interest, made under the Planning ( Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 or Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Act 1979. 

Find listed buildings

You can search for listed buildings on the English Heritage website.

Listed building and scheduled monument consent

Listed building consent is required to demolish, extend or alter any part of a listed building, inside, outside or within its boundary curtilage, as well as in the curtilage itself (this includes walls, fences, etc).  Alterations can also involve the replacement of windows and doors and the removal of chimneys, inner walls or architectural features. Applications and other information can be found on the Planning Permission web page.

Scheduled monument consent must be obtained from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport through English Heritage for most works and other activities that physically affect the scheduled monument. Applications and other information can be found on the English Heritage web site.

Heritage at risk

English Heritage monitors the condition of Grade I, Grade II* listed buildings and scheduled monuments and produces a register of those buildings that they consider to be at risk. You can search for Heritage at Risk on the English Heritage website.

The council is currently reviewing their Grade II listed buildings against the At Risk criteria set by English Heritage and will publish the results in September 2013.

Locally listed building

These building and structures whilst not meriting national significance are are considered to be of local historic and architectural importance. The council has produced a Supplementary Planning Document   Developing and Managing Local Lists, which was adopted in January 2012.

The council has also carried out extensive surveys of West Bromwich and Smethwick and local lists were formally adopted for these areas in January 2012. Surveys will also be carried out for Tipton, Wednesbury, Oldbury and Rowley Regis in order to produce local lists for each of the towns which highlight their own historic character and architectural significance.

Conservation areas and Article 4 Directions

Sandwell has nine conservation areas which have significant elements of architectural and historic interest which collectively merit their formal designation. Planning permission is required within conservation areas when either demolition or alterations are proposed to the building, such alterations can include replacement windows and traditional shop fronts. In addition any works to trees within a conservation area require consent.

Conservation area reports

Conservation area boundary plans

 Article 4 Directions cover all the residential properties within High Street, West Bromwich Conservation Area and numbers 4 to 32 Bearwood Road, Smethwick within the High Street and Crocketts Lane, Smethwick Conservation Area. Under the directions, any works that change the external appearance of the building may require planning permission. In deciding whether to grant planning permission the council has a duty to protect the historic character of the area.


Sandwell's archaeological heritage is a vital component of the historic environment comprising many hundreds of sites, buildings and structures. All archaeological remains, whether structures, earthworks or buried deposits potentially hold the key to a better understanding of the borough's past. Sandwell has currently identified 14 areas of archaeological importance and therefore when new development is proposed within these areas an archaeological desk based assessment should accompany the planning application. A record of all Sandwell's known archaeological sites is kept on the Historic Environment Record (HER).

Historic Environment Record

The Sandwell HER is a computerised, map based, index record of all known heritage assets in the borough. It also includes secondary paper resources containing more detailed information. You can access the Sandwell HER by contacting the Conservation Officer who will answer simple queries straight away. In the case of complex commercial queries, where the response requires a substantial allocation of staff resources the information will be provided within 7 working days.


A Character Appraisal and Boundary Review of Market Place, Wednesbury Conservation Area is currently taking place and following completion, consultation will take place.

Contact details

Mark Stretton - Conservation Officer
Telephone: 0121 569 4033