Local authorities can create 'local heritage lists' of heritage assets which are not significant enough to qualify for national listing/scheduling etc, but are felt to be sufficient local significance to be taken into account in planning decisions. Local heritage listing gives this heritage a degree of protection. It may affect (positively or negatively) owners and neighbouring owners, and the CLA has lobbied for years to ensure that it it transparent and proportionate. Less than half of local authorities have local heritage lists, but a Government initiative (in England) seeks to make this more common in future. This Guidance Note explains how local heritage listing is carried out, what it means, and how members can be involved in, or influence, the process.