Dec 162011

Certificate Of Intention Not To List (COINTL)

A COINTL is a legal guarantee that a building or buildings will not be statutorily listed as being of special architectural or historic interest during the five years from the date on which the certificate is signed. Certificates are a useful tool when development is intended on a site. The COINTL has been introduced to enable owners and developers to engage early with Historic Scotland and to provide them with certainty on whether the building or site is of special interest.

COINTLs are being introduced on 1 December 2011 as part of the Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2011.


COINTLs and the Listing Process

The process for a COINTL is the same as any listing assessment and buildings are assessed by applying the listing criteria as defined in the Scottish Historic Environment Policy (SHEP). Historic Scotland may review a wider area to that proposed for a COINTL in order to have full understanding of the site.

The issue of a certificate also prevents the local planning authority from serving a Building Preservation Notice (BPN) on the property during this period. (A BPN is a form of temporary listing served by the local planning authority). Applying for a certificate does not give any temporary statutory protection to the subject being considered.