The listing process
The process for listing a building or place is set out in law:
- it is open and transparent
- allows us to consult owners
- notifies occupiers
Jersey Heritage act as the Government’s principal adviser on the heritage value of buildings and places in the Island. They carry out this work through an agreement with the Department of the Environment and make independent, impartial and informed recommendations to the Department of the Environment about the heritage value of sites.
Jersey Heritage use the criteria adopted by the Minister for Planning and Environment to recommend whether or not a building or place has special heritage value. As part of its assessment Jersey Heritage may engage other heritage experts to provide advice about the special interest of a building or place.
Notice of intent
The formal process of listing a building or place is carried out by the Department of the Environment acting on the advice of Jersey Heritage.
Before a building or place is maintained on; added to; or removed from the list we will notify owners of our intent to do so. We will make every effort to do this directly where we can, or we will serve notice on site. Where Ministers or other legal entities have an interest in sites, we will serve notice on them too.
The notice sets out why the building or place is considered to be special; what the nature of its special interest is; and it defines the extent of that interest on a plan. It is usually accompanied by an image of the main elevation or public view of the site.
People consulted have 28 days to make written comments about the special interest of a building or place: they can tell us if they do not think that the site has any heritage value or if they think some or all of the details about it are wrong.
Jersey Heritage will consider comments about the heritage value of your property very carefully. In some cases, they might be able to deal with them by making changes to the assessment of the site’s special interest: we will write to you with any proposed changes or with a request for more information, and possibly another site visit.
Where we cannot resolve a representation by agreement it will be reviewed, together with the advice of Jersey Heritage, by the Chief Officer of the Department of the Environment. This will be done on the basis of written submissions, which will be shared with owners.
Notice of determination
Owners and occupiers will be notified once a decision has been made by the Department of the Environment about the special interest of a building or place. These decisions will be based on consideration of the advice of Jersey Heritage and any valid representations received.
How to appeal
If owners or occupiers are unhappy about a listing decision they can appeal to the Judicial Greffier for the decision to be reviewed by an inspector. Notice of an appeal must be received by the Greffier no later than the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the date of the decision.