Planning Permission for Listed Buildings


Listed Buildings

What is a listed building?

listed building, in the United Kingdom, is a building that has been placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. It is a widely used status, applied to around half a million buildings in the UK.

A listed building may not be demolished, extended, or altered without special permission from the local planning authority, which typically consults the relevant central government agency, particularly for significant alterations to the more notable listed buildings. Exemption from secular listed building control is provided for some buildings in current use for worship, but only in cases where the relevant religious organisation operates its own equivalent permissions procedure. Owners of listed buildings are, in some circumstances, compelled to repair and maintain them and can face criminal prosecution if they fail to do so or if they perform unauthorised alterations.

Listed buildings are classified into grades as follows: 
• Grade I – buildings of exceptional interest (approximately 2% of all listed buildings) 
• Grade II* – particularly important and more than special interest (approximately 4%) 
• Grade II – buildings of special interest, warranting every effort being made to preserve them (94%)

What are the main difference to a normal Planning Application?

You would need to apply for listed building consent in this instance. The main differences between this and a normal planning application is state below as compulsory:

  • Design and Access Statements
  • Building elevations/floor plans in relation to neighbours
  • Heritage Statement



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