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A guide to Listed Building Consent

A listed building application is in short for projects looking to create alterations, extensions or demolition to a listed building e.g. Grade I or Grade II.




What is a listed building?

A listed building is a building, structure or object that has been judged to be of national importance or significance. These can be on the basis of architectural or historical interest.


Items listed can vary from country houses, to cathedrals and castles, right down to small individual items.


These items are listed on the Historic England register that is available in the public domain completely free off charge.


What part of the building is listed?

When a building or structure is listed, it is listed in its entirety, this means that both the exterior and interior are protected. This includes any object or structure fixed to the building and any object or structure within the curtilage of the building, which although is not directly fixed too it is treated as part of the listed building (Prior to the 1st July 1948).




Why are buildings listed?

Buildings are listed for multiple reasons including protecting the physical evidence of our past and a key part of our cultural heritage and creates a sense of identity.


Historic buildings also add to the quality of our lives, being an important aspect of the individual characters and appearances of our towns, villages and the wider countryside.


What is the criteria for a building to gain listed status?


The UK's Department of Culture, Media and Sport uses the following criteria to make decisions as to which buildings to protect and form a listed status. These include the following:


Architectural Interest- Buildings of importance because of their design, decoration or craftsmanship.


Historical interest- Buildings that illustrate an aspect of the nations social, economic, cultural or military history.


Historic Association: Buildings that demonstrate close historical as