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Do I need Listed Building Consent?

If you would like to change the colour of your listed building, you can apply for permission using the Listed Building Request for Colour Change (PDF, 15Kb) application form.

In general, the following works are very likely to require listed building consent, however it should be noted that this list is not definitive and further advice should always be sought from one of our Conservation and Listed Building Officers. 

  • Demolition of the whole or part of the building, or anything within the curtilage built before 1948;
  • The removal of any internal walls or stud partitions, or provision of the same;
  • The removal of doors, windows, chimney stacks or chimney breasts, the removal of staircases, porches and balconies;
  • Any extensions or new additions to the building, including porches or conservatories. Some extensions may also need planning permission depending on their size or location;
  • Alterations to windows and doors, and the insertion of new ones, including dormer windows and roof lights;
  • Changing the roof covering, for example from natural slate to imitation slate;
  • Painting exterior brickwork, render, flint or stone for the first time or changing the colour of previously painted work;
  • Adding objects to the exterior such as shutters, signs, advertisements, sunblinds, meter boxes, satellite antennae and spot lights;
  • The removal or alteration of panelling, fireplaces or decorative plaster work;
  • The removal or alteration of outbuildings, garden walls, gate piers, gates and railings which pre-date 1948.


    You are legally required to obtain the necessary consent for any alterations, extensions or changes to the building and associated structures within the curtilage. This includes unauthorised works carried out by previous owners. 

    It is an offence to alter or extend a listed building without first gaining listed building consent from the District Council and offenders may be prosecuted. The current penalty on conviction in a Magistrates Court is a fine of up to £20,000 or imprisonment for up to six months, or both. This applies to the owner, the builder and the architect or surveyor involved.

    If any unauthorised works are found then the Council may also serve an Enforcement Notice requiring the building to be reinstated to it's former condition.

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