What is listed building consent?Listed building consent is the mechanism by which the planning authorities ensure that any changes to listed buildings are appropriate and sympathetic to their character.
How do I know if I need listed building consent?If you are planning to make alterations which may affect the character of the building, contact your local planning authority who will tell you whether they consider the works require listed building consent.
How do I apply?Applications for listed building consent must be made through the planning authority who will be able to provide you with the required form. More planning authorities are enabling online applications to be submitted. You can check your local authority planning website for information and guidance on this.
How long does the process take?Planning authorities aim to reach a decision on all applications for listed building consent within eight weeks. For certain listed building applications, if the plannning authority is minded to approve consent, they must notify and obtain clearance from Historic Scotland (on behalf of Scottish Ministers) prior to issuing consent. Historic Scotland aim to clear 97 per cent of these cases within 28 days of receiving the notification from the planning authority.
How can I appeal against refusal of listed building consent?
Does this mean that I can't alter my listed building?No. Listing is a mechanism designed to help manage change to listed buildings, so as to safeguard their special architectural or historic character, rather than preserve them in aspic. Annually, Historic Scotland deals with around 2,700 notifications from planning authorities who are minded to approve listed building consent applications to category A and B buildings (category C are dealt with solely by the local authority except in the case of demolitions).
What about like for like repairs?If you need to make repairs or do routine maintenance on your building, and you are using the same materials as already exist, you will not need listed building consent but we recommend you check with your local planning authority before you start repairs to ensure they agree the materials are like for like.
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