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Listed buildings

Find out if a property is listed and how to make alterations to it.

Listed Buildings are buildings or structures which are protected because of their special architectural or historic interest. Buildings become listed on the recommendation of Historic England to the Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Local authorities do not have the power to list or de-list buildings.

If listed, the whole of the building is protected. This includes its interior, where historic fabric survives, as well as its exterior. Objects or structures attached to the building or within the grounds, which have formed part of the land since before 1 July 1948, are also protected.

Find out if a property is listed

You can view listed buildings on our interactive planning map. You can also search on the Historic England website website.

It is important to note that information is only indicative and you should always seek confirmation and extent of listing from our conservation officer.

Alterations to listed buildings

If you plan to alter, extend or demolish any part of a listed building, you may need to apply for listed building consent. This includes internal alterations, and may include repairs and maintenance work. 

'Like for like' repairs might not require listed building consent but must match the original construction in terms of materials, design, techniques and workmanship. It is an offence to carry out works to a listed building without listed building consent and we may take action against any unauthorised works. 

You might need to apply for planning permission in addition to listed building consent and applications are often considered together. There is no fee for listed building consent.

Advice and help from us

Always check with a conservation officer to see if the work you are planning needs listed building consent.  We can also advise on 'sympathetic' repair techniques.

Listed buildings at risk

We maintain a local register of all listed buildings which are considered to be at risk through vacancy, under-use, neglect or structural repair.

Historic England also publish a national 'Heritage at Risk' register which contains Grade I and II* listed buildings or structures known to be 'at risk' through neglect and delay.