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Listed buildings

A listed building is a building that appears on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

It's a criminal offence to extend, change or demolish a listed building without 'listed building consent'. This applies to the inside and the outside of the building, and any work affecting the character of the building.

Check if a building is listed

You can find out if a building is listed by searching the National Heritage List for England.

Apply for listed building consent


You can apply for listed building consent online at the Planning Portal.

By post

You can download and complete an application form and send it to the address on the form.

What to include with your application

All applications should have four copies of:

  • the application form
  • a plan to scale of land
  • plans and drawings of the building
  • ownership certificate
  • design and access statement
  • heritage statement

Design and access statements and heritage statements

Your design and access statement needs to explain:

  • the proposed work
  • the rationale behind the design
  • how the building is accessed
  • any changes to how it will be accessed
  • any changes to improve level access

For further information, see our notes on pdf icon design and access statement. [117kb]

You must also include a heritage statement explaining:

  • the historic/architectural significance of the building
  • why the work is desirable or necessary to preserve or enhance the building
  • how the work won't harm the building's character and appearance

We might refuse your application if you don't give us enough information.