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Rediscovering Historic Perth

21 November 2008

Historic Scotland inspectors are to visit Perth to identify the city’s important buildings and to review existing listings.

The team will visit the city looking for buildings that merit listing while giving a fresh appraisal to properties already on the list. This will ensure that area has the appropriate statutory protection.

Head of Listing Dr Deborah Mays, said:
“Perth has a distinguished architectural heritage with many outstanding buildings dating from the medieval period onwards.

“The resurvey will begin in the southern half of the city centre. This architecturally rich and diverse area includes many of the city’s important commercial, civic and residential buildings.

Buildings are listed at one of three categories –  A, B and C(s) – reflecting their level of importance. Once listed alterations that will affect the character of the structure require listed building consent before work can begin.

When the team have identified buildings of interest they will contact the local authority and, where possible, the owner.

Perth & Kinross Council’s Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee Convener, Councillor John Kellas, said: “We are delighted that Historic Scotland is to resurvey Perth – one of Scotland’s most historic cities.

“We will, of course, provide them with all the assistance we can. We look forward to working in partnership with Historic Scotland to make sure that the unique townscape of Perth is protected for future generations.”

A building must have special architectural or historic interest to be considered for listing and Historic Scotland would welcome information from members of the public.

For more information on the resurvey contact our listing officers on 0131 668 8705/ 8701.

Following consultation with Perth and Kinross Council, Historic Scotland will then make a recommendation to Scottish Ministers to include a building on the list if it meets the criteria.


Notes to Editors

  • Listed buildings are divided into three categories:
    • A – Buildings of national or international importance – either architectural or historic – or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or type.
    • B – Buildings of regional or more than local importance, major examples of a particular period, style or type that may have been altered.
    • C(S) – Buildings of local importance, lesser examples of any period, style or type as originally constructed or altered. Simple traditional buildings that group well with others in categories A and B are part of a planned group as an estate or an estate or an industrial complex.

  • As well as buildings, listing can include walls, fountains, sundials, statues, bridges, bandstands and street lamps.

  • The list is compiled by Historic Scotland on behalf of The Scottish Ministers. A dedicated team within the Historic Scotland Inspectorate undertakes the compilation, administration and maintenance of the list. Administratively, the list is organised into local authority regions, parishes, burghs or city wards.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations


  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Executive charged with safeguarding the nation’s built heritage.  It is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.




For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk