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Aberdeen City Council joins scheme to speed up listed buildings consent

6 September 2010

Aberdeen City Council today, 6th September 2010, joined a planning scheme to improve and speed up the process of dealing with certain types of applications affecting category B listed buildings.  

This is part of a range of reforms aimed at strengthening the partnership between Historic Scotland and local authorities across Scotland and will allow the Council to issue listed building consent for certain kinds of works to B listed buildings without the need to notify Historic Scotland.   

Barbara Cummins, Deputy Chief Inspector, Historic Scotland said:

“This scheme supports the Government’s drive to modernise the planning system and reduces duplication between Historic Scotland and local authorities.

“Aberdeen City Council will now be able to deliver listed building consents more quickly to applicants allowing Historic Scotland to focus on applications where it can add value as well as providing more strategic advice to planning authorities, applicants and Scottish Ministers.”   

Callum McCaig, Aberdeen City Council’s Vice-Convener of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure  added: "Speeding up the process of listed building consent is in the interest of Aberdeen City Council, Historic Scotland and the general public. It will allow for certain works to be undertaken with less delay, whilst at the same time ensuring that the city's unique historic environment is protected."


Notes for editors

The proposal to implement the removal of the duty of planning authorities to notify Historic Scotland on certain types of listed building consent application is in line with the Scottish Historic Environment Policy (SHEP).  It will not result in a change in policy, but rather introduces the potential to change current working procedures between Historic Scotland and individual planning authorities.  

Description of applications for listed building consent to which section 12 will not apply:

External Works

The alteration, replacement or installation of:

  • External doors
  • Gutters and downpipes
  • Railings
  • Windows
  • Roof coverings
  • Rooflights
  • Stonework or masonry finishes
  • Chimneys

Single storey extensions where:

  • The floor area of the resulting building is up to 20m squared greater than the original
  • The height of the resulting building would be below the height of the highest part of the original and
  • The development would be less than 4m in height

Installation of:
  • Modern fittings (e.g. aerials, gas, plumbing, telecommunications etc) and
  • Micro – renewables

Alteration, replacement or installation of:

  • Shopfronts
  • Awnings
  • ATMs and
  • Signage

Internal Works

Subdivision of rooms

Creation of openings between rooms (excluding perforation of floor plates and ceilings)

Installation of modern fittings (e.g suspended ceilings, kitchens, bathrooms, office furniture, bookcases etc.)

Alteration, replacement, removal or installation of:

  • Floor surfaces and finishes
  • Doors and associated joinery
  • Shutters, pelmets and rods
  • Modern services (electrics, gas, plumbing, telecommunications etc)
  • Tiles
  • Chimney pieces/fireplaces
  • Decorative plasterwork
  • Decorative wall coverings, fixed tapestries and decorative paints (which form part of an architectural scheme)
  • Built-in furniture (e.g pews, wardrobes, cupboards
  • Decorative timber joinery (e.g. panelling, dado rails, picture rails, skirting boards).


  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

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