A building is a structure or erection which is usually permanent and has a roof and walls. Buildings can provide us with an insight into the local history of an area, giving us a greater understanding of its changes and expansion over time. A variety of buildings can be included on the Local List, some examples are:
- Industrial buildings such as mills, factories, warehouses, engine houses and engineering works.
- A variety of housing, including workers' terraced housing, cottages, farm houses, planned suburban estates, and larger historic houses. Buildings associated with these houses, often set in the grounds of the property, can also be included, such as stables and barns.
- Buildings for local use and entertainment purposes such as public houses, village halls, assembly rooms, cinemas, institutes, sports facilities, museums and art galleries.
- Buildings which serve the local community such as hospitals, schools, train stations, libraries, civic buildings, banks, shops, offices and places of worship.
- Other structures such as tram shelters, boathouses, bus stations, gatehouses and public restrooms.