Owning a Listed Building

Ownership of a listed building brings its responsibilities and by taking on the role of ‘custodian’, owners can help ensure that their historic building retains its unique character for future generations to enjoy.

Historic England has a wealth of guidance available for listed building owners (external link).

Listed Building Consent

Listed Building Consent is required to carry out internal and external alterations to the building, as the listing designation covers the entire building. For further information please go to the Historic England website (external link) .

Pre-application advice

Whilst the Council normally offers pre-application advice in relation to works to a listed building, these services for pre-application advice are temporarily suspended.

Please continue to make use of the information within the Council’s heritage webpages and advice from Historic England.

If you require further advice then you may benefit from the services of an independent heritage consultant.

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 to a listed building

It is an offence under Section 9 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act to carry out works that require listed building consent without such a consent being obtained. Anyone found guilty of an offence under this section can be liable to a fine and/or imprisonment.

Energy Performance Certificates

If you are selling a listed building, information on Energy Performance Certificates and Historic Buildings (external link) is available from Historic England.