Listed building planning consents

In most cases, doing works to a listed building that would impact its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest will require listed building consent from the local planning authority; it is an offence to do works to a listed building without the necessary consent in place first.

An application for listed building consent will often require third-party input from a heritage specialist; we would work closely with your chosen specialist consultant as part of the application process to ensure the development complies with relevant planning policies and to generally help increase your chances of success.

Listed building consent differs from an application for planning permission, and in some cases, it may be necessary to apply for both applications concurrently to one another.

In addition to listed building consent applications, our consultancy has experience of working with applications and planning appeals where sites have been affected by conservation areas, world heritage sites, scheduled ancient monuments and non-designated heritage assets.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    When is listed building consent required?

    Where demolition, alteration or extension to a listed building will affect the character as a building of particular architectural or historical interest, then listed building consent will be required. This applies to the building and all structures and buildings within its curtilage. Not all works to a listed building require consent, and it is advised that you consult with a heritage specialist and your local planning authority before proceeding with any works; if a listed building consent is deemed necessary and works proceed without it, this is a criminal offence.

    What can you do to a listed building without consent?

    This depends on whether the works proposed will affect the building's special interest. You are advised to consult with a specialist before doing any work to determine what can and cannot be done without the relevant consent.

    Is it hard to get listed building consent?

    This depends on the work's scale and nature and any harm the proposal may generate. In simple terms, the greater the damage caused by the proposal, the more difficult it will be to get consent.

    Is listed building consent expensive?

    No application fee is currently payable to your local planning authority when applying for listed building consent. However, if you employ the services of specialist consultants for help and advice with your application, including heritage specialists, planning consultants and architects, there will be professional fees to pay.