Listed buildings

Listed Buildings in Fife

Fife has over 6,200 Listed Buildings, which is close to 10% of Scotland’s total number of entries on the statutory list. To find out if a building in Fife is listed, search the interactive listed building map below.

Listed Buildings are buildings or other structures of special architectural or historic interest.  The list is compiled by Historic Environment Scotland. The criteria for inclusion are age and rarity; architectural or historic interest; or close historic associations. The term “building” is defined broadly in the legislation and can include a great variety of man-made structures such as walls, fountains, milestones, sundials, statues, bridges, bandstands and telephone boxes.

The categories of listing are:

  • 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 - Buildings of local importance, lesser examples of any period style or building type, as originally constructed or moderately altered; and simple traditional buildings which group well with other listed buildings

Buildings which relate together in townscape terms or as planned layouts in urban, rural or landed estate contexts often have their value as a group enhanced by association with others in the group.


Listing covers both the interior and the exterior of a building regardless of category. The level of detail and description recorded by Historic Environment Scotland is variable and does not give a comprehensive overview of the merit of that building or asset, some interiors, for example, may be important, but may not have been seen at the time of listing.


Further information on Listed Buildings - such as how the buildings are chosen and what information is held on listed buildings - is available from Historic Scotland (This link takes you to an external site).


Within Fife there are also important gardens and designed landscapes or historic battlefields. The Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes and the Inventory of Historic Battlefields, compiled by Historic Environment Scotland, recognise the need to identify and guide the protection of these sites.


Do you wish to carry out work to a Listed Building?

Where a building is listed this does not prevent changes being made to it, but consideration must be given to preserving the character of the building.  This means you will need Listed Building Consent from Fife Council if you wish to alter, extend or demolish a listed building. See Listed Building Consent for more information.


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