In Scotland, the term listed building refers to a building or other structure officially designated as being of "special architectural or historic interest". Category A structures are those considered to be buildings of "national or international importance, either architecturally or historically". Listing was begun by a provision in the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1947, and the current legislative basis for listing is the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997. The authority for listing rests with Historic Environment Scotland, an executive agency of the Scottish Government, which inherited this role from the Scottish Development Department in 1991. Once listed, severe restrictions are imposed on the modifications allowed to a building's structure or its fittings. Listed building consent must be obtained from local authorities prior to any alteration to such a structure. There are approximately 47,000 listed buildings in Scotland, of which around 8 percent (some 3,800) are Category A.
The council area of East Renfrewshire covers 513 square kilometres (198 sq mi), and has a population of around 89,000. The area contains five Category A listed buildings, comprising a 15th-century tower house, three 18th-century country houses, and a 19th-century water works.
|Name||Location||Date Listed||Grid Ref. [note 1]||Geo-coordinates||Notes||HB Number [note 2]||Image|
|Caldwell House||Gleniffer Road, by Uplawmoor||14 April 1971||18th-century castellated house by Robert Adam||14255|
|Capelrig House||Capelrig Road, Newton Mearns||10 June 1971||Georgian country house, in use as council offices||18523|
|Mearns Castle||Broom Road, Newton Mearns||10 June 1971||15th-century tower house, much restored and used by a local church||18536|
|Greenbank House||Flenders Road, by Clarkston||10 June 1971||Georgian country house, property of the National Trust for Scotland||18537|
|Waulkmill Glen Reservoir||Patterton, Newton Mearns||5 November 2008||Mid 19th-century reservoir and Italianate waterworks||51186|
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