Listed building consent protects our listed buildings. Listed building consent is needed for ANY alterations, extensions or demolitions which affect the character or fabric of a listed building. This applies to ALL PARTS of the building, interior and exterior, regardless of the listing grade and whether the feature to be altered is mentioned in the official list description. This will include boundary walls. It may also apply to associated buildings which are within the curtilage of the principal building. Curtilage buildings are ones which form part of the land and have done so since before 1 July 1948.
Works which require listed building consent (not a comprehensive list) include:
- Demolition of any part of the listed building (including chimneys) and some objects and structures within the curtilage of the listed building
- Extensions including porches, dormer windows and conservatories. Any extensions must be of appropriate scale and design constructed with suitable materials and with careful attention paid to detail
- External alterations including external decorative alterations
- Internal alterations such as the removal of and alteration to all features of historic value
- Minor works when they affect the character of a listed building
If your proposal affects a building which is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument, you will need to make an application to English Heritage for Scheduled Monument Consent. This supersedes the requirement for listed building or relevant demolition in a conservation area consent.
It is an offence in law to carry out unauthorised works to a listed building.