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WHAT IS LISTED BUILDING CONSENT?
Listed building consent (LBC) 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 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 LBC.
In many cases, you will need to submit two separate applications to your local council – one seeking planning permission and the other seeking LBC.
You should also be aware that although listed buildings have certain permitted development rights, this does not alter or override the separate need to apply for LBC.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY BUILDING IS LISTED?
Most people will be aware if they live in a listed building. However, 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.
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* to determine.
*that’s normally your local council.
In certain circumstances, even minor internal works – such as the replacement of skirting boards or architraves – have the potential to affect special interest.
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 (LBC).
There’s no fee to apply for LBC and if your council is of the opinion that the works cause no harm to special character, then they’ll promptly issue consent.
If your council refuses to grant LBC, you do have a right of appeal. However, you must always appeal before you conduct the works.
Click the button below to find out more about submitting a planning appeal.
If you conduct works to a listed building without first securing listed building consent, the penalties can be severe. More on this in the next section.
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.
Additionally, it’s likely you’ll have to put the site back to its former condition at your own expense.
Rightly or wrongly, the owner of the listed building is ultimately responsible for any changes to their property.
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