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Listed buildings


Getting consent for works on a listed building

Once a building is listed, special planning controls apply and you need listed building consent for works that affect it. These works may extend from the smallest project to wholesale demolition. Consent has to be obtained for any alterations or demolition.

As any works that would alter the special character of a listed building require listed building consent, it is best to assume you will have to apply for consent.

Works needing consent

Listed below are examples of the types of works that require listed building consent. Please note this list is not exhaustive. Additionally, Historic England provide further guidance on listed building consents.

  • Demolition - the removal of any part of the listed building (including chimneys) and some objects and structures within the curtilage of the listed building will require listed building consent
  • Extensions - all forms of extensions including porches, dormer windows and conservatories will require listed building consent. Any extensions must be of appropriate scale and design constructed with suitable materials and with careful attention paid to detail
  • External alterations - external works, including decorative alterations, will require listed building consent. These include:
    • replacement or double glazed windows or doors
    • new rendering, painting or cladding or the removal of existing
    • new roofing materials
    • insertion of roof lights
    • repointing in different materials or pointing style
  • Internal alterations - These may require listed building consent especially if they would involve the use of modern materials like plasterboard or damp proofing, or propose the removal or alteration of historic fabric, including:
    • staircases
    • internal walls
    • wall panelling and window shutters
    • fireplaces
    • doors
    • plasterwork and woodwork mouldings
  • Minor works - some will require listed building consent when they affect the special character of a listed building. These include:
    • satellite dishes
    • external lighting and wiring
    • shutters
    • door furniture
    • alarm boxes
    • nameplates, signs and advertisements
    • infrared detectors or CCTV
    • external meter boxes
    • central heating or other flues, solar panels, air con and heat recovery units and pipework

You may need to submit supporting technical and heritage documents when requesting consent, so you may be advised to use an historic buildings advisor to assist you submitting an application.

Many proposals for works to a listed building may also require an application for planning permission or building regulation approval.

Last updated 12 December 2023