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Certificate of Intention Not to List (COINTL)

Read about situations in which we might grant a guarantee that a building won't be listed.

This is a legal guarantee that a building won’t be statutorily listed for five years from the date the certificate is granted. You can apply for a further Certificate of Intention Not to List (COINTL) when this expires. 

A COINTL gives certainty to owners and developers planning works on a particular building. The aim of the COINTL process is not to exempt a building from listing. It instead ensures that the listing criteria are considered at an early stage in development and planning proposals.  

If we don’t issue a COINTL, the building may be listed. You’ll need listed building consent to make changes to a listed building that your planning authority deems will affect its character. 

Anyone can apply for a COINTL for a building – you don’t need to own it to apply.  

Find out how to make a listing application, including how to request a COINTL.   

We may grant a COINTL to a building that:

  • does not meet the listing criteria for special architectural or historic interest 
  • is not part of the curtilage of an existing listed building 

We won’t necessarily issue a COINTL to a building we’ve previously decided not to list.   

A planning authority can’t serve a Building Preservation Notice on a building that holds a COINTL. 

COINTLs were introduced in December 2011, by section 18 of the Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2011. This Act added section 5A to the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997. 

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COINTLs which have been issued

Address: 1 Joppa Gardens, Edinburgh EH15 2HU
Issue Date: 8 October 2013
Expiry Date: 7 October 2018

Address: New Empire Bingo, 50 Nicholson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DJ
Issue Date: 12 November 2013
Expiry Date: 11 November 2018

Address: University of Edinburgh, Bush Home Farm, Bilston EH25 9RE
Issue Date: 4 August 2016
Expiry Date: 3 August 2021

Address: Buildings at Royal Victoria Hospital Site, Jedburgh Road, Dundee DD2 1SP
Issue Date: 1 March 2017
Expiry Date: 28 February 2022