Need for a listed building consent
Once a building is listed it becomes protected by law and any demolitions, alterations or extensions which would materially affect its character will require formal consent in the form of Listed Building Consent. This protection applies to all of the interior and exterior of the building and also to all structures or objects fixed to it or within its curtilage. Consequently, outbuildings and boundary features including walls and gates will be 'covered' by the listing and, therefore, any alterations to these elements of the building will also require formal approval via listed building consent. Even relatively minor works such as the alteration of glazing bars to windows or the capping of chimney stacks may require formal approval in the form of Listed Building Consent.
It is an offence to carry out unauthorised works to a listed building and heavy fines can be imposed or conviction. Any proposed works to a listed building should, therefore, always be discussed in advance with the Council's Planning Division.
Applications for Listed Building Consent should be made to the Local Planning Authority on prepared forms. Planning Permission and Building Regulations approval may also be required for the proposed works. Only applications for Grade II buildings can be determined solely by the Council. Applications for work to Grade I or II* buildings must be referred to the Secretary of State for the Environment. The need to obtain Listed Building Consent means that the Local Planning Authority can ensure that any alterations are appropriate to the style and character of the building and that the historic fabric is protected. In order that such applications may be properly assessed, detailed and annotated drawings must accompany the application. It is always advisable to discuss proposals for changes to Listed Buildings with the Local Planning Authority at an early stage and certainly prior to making a formal application.
The Local Planning Authority is required to advertise all applications for Listed Building Consent on site and in the local press, except when an application involves purely internal alterations to a Grade II building. Following the appearance of the advertisement in the local press, the Authority must allow 21 days to pass before determining the application and must take account of any representations received during that period.
If an application involves the demolition or alteration of a listed building the Council is required to consult the national amenity societies. Details of their addresses and contacts can be obtained from the Contacts link.
Applications for other developments which in the opinion of the Local Planning Authority could affect the setting of a listed building will also be advertised on site and in the local press. Consideration of such applications will include the impact on the character and appearance of the listed building.