Apply for listed building consent

The best way to apply for listed building consent is online through the Planning website, the Planning Portal. You can complete the form and attach your documents. There is no fee for this type of application

Apply for listed building consent

You can also use the online service to complete and download an application form to submit to us. 

As part of your application, you will be expected to show that the proposed work will not cause harm to the special interest of the listed building. This will nearly always involve an analysis of what is special about the building. Submitting this supporting information with your application is essential and will help to ensure that the impact of a proposal can be properly assessed.

Find out what you need to supply with an application using our detailed guidance.

Getting advice

We strongly advise you to enlist the services of a registered architect, chartered building surveyor or a contractor familiar with the conservation of historic buildings and the planning process.

If you think you would benefit from discussing your plans with conservation officers before formally submitting your application for listed building consent, you can contact our Pre-application Advice Service. This will allow you to discuss any issues and policies and will let you know why you can't carry out certain changes. You will be charged a fee for this service. If you start works before you have consent you may either need to remove the alterations or face legal action. 

Getting a decision on your application

We will aim to make a decision on your application within 8 weeks of registering it.  Usually a decision will be reached before then, but if a decision is not made in time or the application is refused consent, you have the right of appeal to the Secretary of State.