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WHAT IS LISTED BUILDING CONSENT?

Listed building consent is required for any works of demolition, alteration or extension to a listed building or within its grounds that have the potential to affect its special character


This means that listed building consent is often required for minor works that do not require planning permission!


For example, you would not normally require planning permission to change the internal doors of a listed building but you will almost always require listed building consent. 

In many cases, you will need to submit two separate applications to your local council – one seeking planning permission and the other seeking listed building consent. 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY BUILDING IS LISTED?

Most people will be aware if they live in a listed building. If you’re unsure, Historic England provides an online search facility – you can search by postcode or by exploring their map. 

You can access Historic England’s search facility using the button below. You’ll also find a lot of helpful guidance notes on their website which are free to access.

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HOW DO I KNOW IF MY WORKS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO AFFECT SPECIAL CHARACTER?

At the end of the day, any effect on special character will be for the decision-maker – that’s normally your local council – to determine.

If you have any doubts about the potential effect of your intended works on the special character of your building, you should apply for listed building consent.

There’s no fee to apply for listed building consent and if the council is of the opinion that the works cause no harm to special character, they’ll promptly issue consent. 

If the council refuses to grant listed building consent, you do have a right of appeal. However, you must always appeal before you conduct the works. 


If you conduct works to a listed building without first securing the required consent, the penalties can be severe


WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF FAILING TO APPLY FOR LISTED BUILDING CONSENT?

It is a criminal offence to carry out works requiring listed building consent without first obtaining that consent. The maximum penalty is two years’ imprisonment or an unlimited fine. 

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