Listed buildings

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5. Applying for listed building consent

You must apply for listed building consent if you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building fully or in part. Works that may need consent include changing windows and doors; painting brickwork, stone and render or removing external surfaces; installing flues, roof lights or dormer windows; putting up satellite dishes, aerials, burglar alarms or meter boxes; moving internal walls; making new doorways or altering fireplaces or staircases.

Carrying out unauthorised work to a listed building is a criminal offence punishable by a fine or a prison sentence and the council can require you to restore the building to its former state.

There are no grants available from the council.

If you are intending to do any works to a listed building you should contact our Heritage Officers to find out if you need to apply for listed building consent and to get advice, using our pre-planning advice request form before submitting your application. 

You can apply online from our Applying for planning permission webpage.

Once you have submitted a Listed Building Application, your application will be publicised and a case officer will consider the merits. You should receive a decision within 8 weeks although this may be longer on occasion.