Alteration and Repair of a Listed Building

Listed Building Consent

Listed Building Consent is required to carry out internal and external alterations to a listed building. For further information please go to the Historic England website (external link).
Listed Building Consent Application forms are available to download on our website in the Listed Buildings and Conservation Area Consent section.
Please make sure you read the Validation Criteria (pdf) accompanying the Listed Building Consent forms. You will need to submit a Heritage Statement with a Listed Building Consent application or any application affecting a Heritage Asset.
If you have any doubts as to whether or not a listed building consent application may be necessary, please contact the Council for pre-application advice.

Unauthorised works

Carrying out works for alteration without first having obtained Listed Building Consent is a criminal offence and may render the perpetrators liable to enforcement action and/or prosecution.

Compliance with planning conditions

Where listed building consent has been granted, a series of ‘planning conditions’ will normally be attached to the Decision Notice. Many of these ‘planning conditions’ will require the submission of further details, and written agreement on these details by the Council, before any works commence on site. Failure to comply with such ‘planning conditions’ may also lead to enforcement action and/or prosecution, or the requirement to submit a further listed building consent application.

Repairs to a Listed Building

Very little work can be undertaken without the need for Listed Building Consent. Further guidance is available on the Historic England website (external link).
Where very minor ‘like for like’ repairs are proposed, an application may not be required. Such repairs must be ‘like for like’ in all respects – i.e. materials, dimensions, design, function and finish. An example might be minor repairs to an existing timber window using traditional repair techniques.
Where roof repairs are required, a listed building consent application will be required when more than 50% of any individual part of the roof slope is affected, as this will trigger Building Regulations requirements. It is likely that you will also require a bat survey. View further information on Bats in Traditional Buildings on the Historic England website (external link)
If you consider that listed building consent is not required for the works you are proposing, you are advised to confirm that in writing with the Council via an application for a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Works (pdf) to a listed building.
If you have any doubts as to whether or not a listed building consent application may be necessary, please contact the Council for pre-application advice.