Listed Buildings

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural and historic interest.  This work is undertaken by Historic Scotland for Scottish Ministers.  The criteria for identifying buildings which are of special architectural or historic interest are set out in the Scottish Historic Environment Policy and are broadly:

• Age and Rarity;

• Architectural or Historic Interest; and

• Close Historical Association.

There are currently 345 listed buildings and structures in Shetland.

Further information on listing is available online from Historic Scotland’s website.  From here you can also search for a listed building and download building schedules.

Alternatively, a map-based search facility is available through Pastmap (service currently unavailable).

Copies of the Lists are also available to view at the Council’s Planning Service.

Works that affect the character of a listed building will require listed building consent.  If you are proposing to undertake works (including internal works) to a listed building and are unsure if you need consent, please contact the Planning Service for advice. 

To make a listed building planning application online click the ePlanning link below to go to the Scotland ePlanning portal. You will need to create a user account on before making an application.
ePlanning portal

Historic Scotland’s Managing Change in the Historic Environment guidance notes give advice on the principles that apply when considering works to a historic building.

Historical records relating to individual listed buildings may also be held in the collections of the following bodies:

Shetland Museum and Archives

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

National Library of Scotland