Listed buildings

Protecting special buildings

Listed buildings have special architectural or historic interest and are protected by law. 

When a building is listed all of the building is protected. This includes the inside, internal features and any later extensions.

If you want to make any changes that would affect the building’s character you need to get consent from the Council. It's a criminal offence to carry out any such work without consent.

Changes to listed buildings that need consent

Major changes such as extensions and removing internal walls need consent. Smaller changes also need consent. These include:

  • replastering
  • removing or adding features such as cornices, skirtings, fireplaces, internal doors and architraves
  • removing floorboards
  • new openings within walls
  • changes to gates and railings
  • adding suspended ceilings
  • adding recessed lighting
  • air conditioning
  • alterations to windows including secondary glazing
  • alarm boxes
  • CCTV
  • vents

If you don't get consent, you (the owner) and the person who carried out the works will be liable.You could get a criminal record and be fined up to £20,000 for a single offence by a magistrate’s court or an unlimited fine in the Crown Court.

Always get advice

All listed buildings are unique and what is protected can differ from one building to another. We can give you advice on maintenance, repairs and what kind of works need consent. You could save time and money by contacting us before you hire an architect or builders.

To get advice:

  • submit a planning advice request to our advice service
  • call our Planningline 020 7361 3012 

Is my building listed?

Find out if your property is listed by searching Historic England.