Listed buildings

What needs listed building consent?

It is against the law to demolish, alter or extend a listed building in any way which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest, unless the changes are authorised by application for Listed Building Consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building from the Council before any work takes place.

The Council has responsibility for deciding if any of the proposed works will affect the character of the building so it is important to contact us before carrying out works or arranging for contractors to start work.

All listed buildings are listed in their entirety, both inside and out; there is no such thing as just a listed façade or interior. Everything at the address is listed, including boundary walls, gates etc and most outbuildings. All works, both internal and external, which affect the character of the building therefore need listed building consent. It is an offence to carry out such works or arrange for the works without permission and the penalties for this can be heavy. Works needing consent include, for example, re-roofing, new doors and windows.

For further advice on planning applications see:


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Last Updated: 29/03/2016