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Advice for owners of listed buildings

Advice for owners of listed buildings

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:

  • re-roofing
  • 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.

More information

To find out if a building is listed, consult the council’s Historic Environment Record.

Advice and information can also be found on the Historic England or Institute of Historic Building Conservation websites.

Contact details

Contact the Conservation Officer


Customer Contact Centre:

01724 297000

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

Last updated: 12/10/2018