Listed building regime and listed building consent
Listed building regime and listed building consent

The following Planning practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Listed building regime and listed building consent
  • Purpose of listing
  • Designation of buildings as listed buildings
  • Parties responsible for listing of buildings of special architectural or historic interest
  • What can be/is listed?
  • Criteria for listing
  • Listed building grading
  • Procedure for listing
  • Status of listing
  • Spot listing
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak (see: Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on listed building consent procedure). For further updates on key developments and related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Planning and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

Purpose of listing

The main purpose of listing is to protect buildings of special architectural or historic interest and their surroundings from changes which materially alter the importance of the buildings or their setting. Once a building is listed, listed building consent may be needed, in addition to any potential need for planning permission, for works to the buildings, and breaches of the listed building regime are subject to criminal penalties and enforcement action.

The definition of a listed building in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (P(LBCA)A 1990) is a building which is for the time being included in a list compiled under P(LBCA)A 1990. Further:

  1. any object or structure fixed to the building, and

  2. any object or structure within the curtilage of the building which, although not fixed to the building, forms part of the land and has done so since before 1 July 1948

is treated as part of the listed building (ie the building included in the list), unless the listing specifically provides for an object or structure not

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