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Listed buildings

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4. Advice on doing works to a listed building

If you are intending to do any works to a listed building, inside or outside, including curtilage buildings and curtilage walls you will probably need to apply for Listed Building Consent.

You may seek advice using our paid for pre-application planning advice service.  

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings have a free advice helpline Advice |

The following external website links may also be useful:


Advice on the Most Common Types of Work to Older Houses | Historic England

General Principles of Altering an Older House | Historic England

Making Changes to Save Energy | Historical England

Repairing Windows in an Older Home | Historic England

Terraced Housing

Conserving Georgian and Victorian terraced housing | Historic England

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings | Historic England Technical guidance and specific advice on how to insulate different types of wall, roof, etc without causing harm. 

Farm buildings

Farm Buildings and Traditional Farmsteads | Historic England Advice on adapting and maintaining farm and other rural structures


Other guidance

Listed Buildings advice note

Sash windows advice note

Casement windows advice note

Thatch in Devon

Cob Buildings - History, Building Methods and Conservation

Cob Dwellings - Compliance with Building Regulations

Cob Buildings - Finishes Guidance