Unauthorised works and heritage at risk

Performing unauthorised work to a listed building is a criminal offence. If you are concerned that someone has undertaken work on a listed building without consent, or you want to report unauthorised work to a heritage site, fill in the report a suspected breach of planning form. 

The form will take 10 minutes or more to complete. 

To find out how we use your information see our privacy notice (opens in a new window).

Buildings at risk in your area

Heritage at risk is usually a listed building, or an unlisted building within a conservation area, that meets one or several of the following criteria:

  • vacant with no identified new use
  • suffering from neglect and/or poor maintenance
  • suffering from structural problems
  • fire damaged
  • unsecured and open to the elements.

To tell us about listed buildings at risk in your area, you can email: built.heritage@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Heritage at risk register

The register includes buildings and structures, places of worship, archaeological sites, battlefields, wrecks, parks and gardens, and conservation areas known to be at risk as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development. Grade I and II* listed structures at risk are monitored by Historic England and fall under statutory powers for intervention by the Council. 

Visit the Historic England website for information about: 

Heritage crime

Heritage crime is defined as any offence which harms the value of heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations or which impairs their enjoyment (namely; listed buildings, scheduled monuments, conservation areas, registered parks and gardens, registered battlefields, protected wrecks, military remains, archaeological sites, etc.)

There are many different types of crimes against our heritage, including:

  • theft of lead and other metals from churches and other historic buildings
  • architectural theft

Always dial 999 if you see a crime happening or likely to happen.

Phone Cheshire Police on 101, for non-emergencies.

Phone Crimestoppers 0800 555 111, if you don’t wish to give your name. 

Alternatively, you can report crime to: Historic England - heritage crime

We need the support of local communities to protect our local heritage. 

Further information and ways you can help prevent heritage crime:

Visit help to prevent crime against heritage to find other ways you can help.

Contact the Built Heritage team

Email: built.heritage@cheshireeast.gov.uk
Phone: 0300 123 5014

Page last reviewed: 20 June 2024