At last count, there were just under 500,000 listed buildings in the UK. These properties and structures are deemed to be of special architectural or historical interest, and tend to tell the tale of the heritage of a specific area.

If you’re the proud owner of a listed building, you’re certain to love living in such a unique and beautiful architectural gem. But owning a listed building doesn’t come without its challenges, especially when extending or altering the property.

There are many rules that go hand-in-hand with working on a listed building. Here we take a closer look at these regulations so you’re clear on how any planned improvements or upgrades may be affected.


Applying for listed building consent

If you intend to demolish, alter or extend your listed building, it’s highly likely that you’ll need to apply for listed building consent. This is especially true if the changes you intend to make impact the character of the property. Listed building consent may also be required for the development of outbuildings based within the grounds of your listed building.

You must contact your local authority to apply for listed building consent. Most authorities aim to provide a decision in eight weeks or less.


Permission is required for internal and external changes

Whether you own a Grade I, Grade II* or Grade II listed building, extra controls are in place for any changes, and this includes alterations inside and outside of the property. The entire building is after all listed and therefore protected by law.

Consent isn’t just required for the original features of your listed property. Attached structures and fixtures, extensions and additions made at a later date, and any buildings added to the land within your boundaries before 1st July 1948 are also covered.


Consent is still needed for restoration works

Even if the changes you intend to make are designed to restore the original features and character of your listed building, listed building consent is likely to be required. Stripping back a listed property to reveal the original can often remove the interest that makes a listed building what it is.


Your fixtures and fittings are listed too

Whilst repainting or rehanging wallpaper is unlikely to need consent in a listed building, removing paint and finishes to reveal bare materials and start again will require consent. Older fitted bookcases, cupboards and other fittings are also likely to be listed.


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