Guidelines for the Acceptance Criteria for the siting a Blue Plaque

First edition 4th July 2016

The Carlisle and District Blue Plaques scheme promotes recognition and awareness of people, places and events that have been of lasting significance to and in the life of Carlisle and District.


  1. Merit recognition because of an outstanding, unique or notorious act.
  2. Have been dead for at least 20 years. (Exceptions may be considered in rare cases, e.g. if the centenary of the person’s birth has passed)
  3. Acknowledge fame or Infamy
  4. Have been born in, or, educated in, or, having a strong connection with Carlisle and District.
  5. Have made a significant contribution to the life of the city and its residents.
  6. Have lived in, stayed in, or worked in the building on which the plaque will be erected for at least five years.
  7. Regarded as eminent by a majority of members of their own profession or vocation.
  8. Demonstrably eminent in a public sphere and/or otherwise had an impact or done work worthy of lasting recognition.
  9. Genuinely contributed to human welfare or happiness and deserves lasting recognition.
  10. Had such exceptional or outstanding personalities that the well informed passer-by recognises their name.
  11. Their stay in the Carlisle and District should have been significant as a period of time, or in importance, within their life and work.
  12. Where appropriate a close living relative has granted their consent to the erection of the plaque.
  13. Proposals will not normally be considered where the person is commemorated by a plaque elsewhere in the City.
  14. Proposals will not be considered for people who are still alive.

Locations and particular buildings:

  1. The building or structure should be of particular architectural significance or, importance.
  2. The building or structure must be locally or nationally known as of especial significance and worthy of lasting recognition or must have a connection with a historic person or event.
  3. A plaque shall only be erected where members of the public are able to view it from a public road or street without needing to enter any private property.
  4. Permission has been sought and acquired from those resident within that building, the owners of the building and where relevant those who work there in perpetuity.
  5. It would normally not be accepted that more than one plaque will be erected for each person or event and they must not otherwise be appropriately commemorated in the district.
  6. Plaques shall not be erected on redeveloped sites of former houses, for example where the original building or site no longer exists save in exceptional circumstance.


  1. The event or incident should have significance in the history of the city, or, county, or, country as a whole.
  2. Normally, at least 20 years must have elapsed before an event or incident can be recognised by a Blue Plaque.
  3. The event or incident brought Carlisle and District to national attention.
  4. The event or incident is significantly important in Carlisle and District’s history.