More about listed buildings

Altering or demolishing a listed building

The owner of a listed building is required to apply for Listed Building Consent for any alteration or demolition works which affect its character, structure or fabric, even though these works may not need planning permission. It is an offence to carry out such works before obtaining consent.

The intention of the legislation is to control change to maintain the essential character for which the building was listed, rather than to prevent change.

Typical examples of works that require consent are demolitions, extensions, replacement of windows and doors, dismantling of chimney stacks (even if the intention is to rebuild them) and alterations to internal walls and openings.

There is a popular misconception that only the exterior of the building is listed; this is not the case, as the whole building is legally protected. Protection is given even to small items and details which can make an important contribution to the architectural and historical character of the building.

The council's Conservation Officer is available to give advice on new development affecting a listed building, alterations, repairs and the sourcing of materials, craftsmen and specialists.

Last updated: 22/12/2023, 08:54