Alteration and Repair of a Listed Building

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.
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 Appendix C of the Wealden District Council Planning Validation Requirements Guide. You will need to submit a Heritage Statement with a Listed Building Consent application or any application affecting a Heritage Asset.

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 to a listed building.

Service Update: The Council normally offers pre-application advice in relation to works to a listed building however this service is temporarily suspended. You can use the information on the Council’s heritage web page and advice from Historic England who have published information on what permission you may need to make changes to older homes and advice on the most common types of work to older houses

An independent heritage consultant will also be able to provide you with further advice.

Owners of Grade I and II* listed buildings may also wish to engage with Historic England to see if pre-application advice is needed from Historic England on their proposals.

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.

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.

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 to a listed building.

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.

Building Work and Bats

All UK bats and their roosts are protected by law. There is further guidance on bats and works to a historic building in the Historic England Guidance produced in conjunction with the Bat Conservation Trust, National Trust, Natural England and English Heritage.