Listed Building Consent

If you wish to alter, extend or demolish a listed building in a way that affects its character or appearance as a building of special architectural or historic interest, you must first apply for listed building consent (LBC) from your local planning authority.

Why is it important? 

  • Failure to obtain consent before altering a listed building may result in a fine or even a term of imprisonment.
  • Local authority can also serve an enforcement notice in respect of unauthorised works requiring owners to restore the building to its former state.
  • These notices can also be enforced for works carried out by previous owners

How Long Does it Take?

  • Local authorities aim to return a decision on smaller schemes within eight weeks, allowing up to 13 weeks for major proposals.

What changes can I make to my property?

  • Speak to your local authority Conservation Officer to check that you do need to make an application for Listed Building Consent
  • Listed status covers a whole building, inside and out. Common works requiring consent might include the replacement of windows or doors, knocking down internal walls, painting over brickwork or altering fireplaces.

Need more help with Listed Building Consent? 

Call us on 01795 844939 and become a member of LPOC to benefit from our expert help.

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