It is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building without consent - even if you did not know the building was listed. It is important to consult the Development Control team before starting any work.
You will need the council's consent to demolish a listed building. Alterations or extensions that affect the character of a building also require consent. Unauthorised work could break the law, and may be a criminal offence. The need for listed building consent is different from planning permission but the process is very similar.
All internal and external works which affect the character of the building requires listed building consent. Other works requiring consent include:
- new doors and windows
- re-pointing (where the character of the building is affected)
- most stone cleaning
- removal of chimneys
- removal of fireplaces and internal features
How do I apply for listed building consent?
You must submit an application to the council but this is free of charge. The application forms and notes for guidance can be found on the planning application forms and guidance notes page.
To find out if a building is listed, consult the council’s Historic Environment Record.
A summary of recent changes to heritage protection: Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.
Advice and information can also be found on the Historic England or Institute of Historic Building Conservation websites.