Listed building consent

What is permitted, and not permitted (usually the latter) in the development of Listed Buildings is a specialist subject requiring the most careful analysis of the facts and circumstances in each and every case.

A listed building is a building which has been designated because of its special architectural or historic interest.

Listed building planning permission

Listed building consent and planning permission are 2 separate regimes. So for some proposed works both planning permission and listed building consent will be needed and sometimes only one, or neither, is required. 

Any works to demolish any part of a listed building or to alter or extend it in a way that affects its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest require listed building consent, irrespective of whether planning permission is also required. It is important to note that it may be a criminal offence to fail to apply for consent when it is required.

It is therefore vital to ensure that you are properly advised before proceeding to carry out works to a listed building. We can help you understand what you can and can’t do.

We can also aid you in seeking a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Works, which provides formal confirmation that proposed works of alteration or extension (but not demolition) of a listed building do not require listed building consent because they do not affect the character of the listed building as a building of special architectural or historic interest. This can be a useful precaution if in doubt about the work you are intending to do.

Our Listed Buildings Experience

We have successfully represented many of our clients with Listed Building Applications. From successfully appealing Enforcement Notices to The Listed Building Act 1990, Listed Building curtilage, and Conservation Area designations we can guide you through the process and advise you of all of your legal options.

Our experience throughout the south east of England in respect of all manner of development proposals involving either one or all of these issues is available to you. Failure to take advice is an unnecessary risk that could be costly in the longterm. Call us to find out how we can help you.

Can We Help You?

Please call us on 01634 811 118, complete our online enquiry form, or email our planning law expert Nicholas Kingsley-Smith.

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