The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is urging the government to do more to stop pubs from being demolished or closed.
Camra is pushing for ministers to put pubs into a special class so that owners must always seek planning permission for a change of use or demolition.
A total of 2,000 pubs have been listed as an asset of community value (ACV), but Camra said local groups had to spend hours in a lengthy and clunky process to save their pubs.
ACVs can be granted on a building with a proven value to a local community, such as a library or post office, but pubs have had the biggest takeup since legislation was introduced last year.
Colin Valentine, the chairman of Camra, said: “It is heartening that so many communities across England have spent so much time going through the process of nominating their pub as an asset of community value … This shows a huge appetite for protecting pubs, which are more than just businesses – they are invaluable landmarks in our communities.
“Unfortunately, the ACV process can be time-consuming, fraught with difficulties and, at the end of the day, is only a temporary measure – listings must be renewed every five years … All we are asking for is a level playing field where a planning application on a pub has to go through the full planning process.”
A Department for Communities spokesman said the government had set up a £3.6m fund and introduced stronger protections to stop pubs being converted or demolished.
“Nominating a pub as an asset of community value gives local people time to make decisions about a pub’s future. Once listed as an asset, a full planning application is then required, providing an opportunity for local people to have a say,” he said.