Listing marks and celebrates a building's special architectural and historic interest, and also brings it under the consideration of the planning system, so that it can be protected for future generations.
Historic England is responsible for maintaining UK listings, and offers guidance on why buildings and sites are listed, and how the process works, as well as what this means for their owners. If you're unsure if your property is listed, you can consult their records.
Development and listed building consent
Listing applies to the principal building and some other buildings and structures within its curtilage (read more about curtilage). If you wish to demolish, alter or extend a listed building in a way that affects its character, you will need to apply to us for listed building consent. Find more detailed guidance, including a video which answers most common questions about work that needs listed building consent, on the Historic England website.
If you are considering buying a listed building, it is essential to get a full history of work done on the property, and evidence of the appropriate consents. If you become the owner, you will become legally liable for any work which has been done without the proper authorisation.
If you need listed building guidance
We can offer you, or your planning agent, expert advice on a wide variety of heritage issues (including pre-application guidance), as part of our planning advice service.
You may also find the following local specialist guidance helpful:
- The climate emergency and the historic environment
- Gull and pigeon control and protection for historic buildings and conservation areas
- Historic vaults in Bath
- Listed buildings, conservation areas and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
- Paint colours and finishes for historic and traditional shopfronts
For detailed national guidance on listed buildings and related heritage issues, go to the Historic England website
Get listed building consent
There is detailed guidance on listed buildings and how to apply for authorisation for development at the Planning Portal.
It is important to note that listed building consent and planning permission are not the same thing. Listed building consent is concerned only with the effects of development on the listed building or site and its setting. For a planning application, the areas which are considered are wider than just the impact on heritage. For many developments, you may need both listed building consent and planning permission.
If your application is refused
If your application to work on a listed building is refused, you can appeal against the decision. Contact the Planning Inspectorate.