Planning Permission - Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas
The main guidelines for when planning permission is required as
detailed in the "Planning Permission" section of this
site apply, in general, to Listed Buildings and other buildings
of historical importance. However, if you live in a Conservation
Area, a National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or
the Norfolk or Suffolk Broads you may need planning permission even
though it is not always necessary in other parts of the UK. For
example, in general cladding the outside of your house does not
require planning permission, however, if you live in a Conservation
Area etc you will need to apply for planning permission before cladding
the outside of your house whether this be with stone, tiles, artificial
stone, plastic or timber.
Listed Building Consent
If you live in a listed building and wish to make some alterations
it is vitally important that you obtain Listed Building Consent.
It is a criminal offence to carry out work which requires Listed
Building Consent before it has been obtained.
You will need to apply for Listed Building Consent in the following
- You want to alter (internally or externally) or extend a listed
building in a manner which would affect its character as a building
of special architectural or historic interest.
- You may also need listed building consent for any works to buildings
within the grounds of a listed building.
Conservation Area Consent
If you live in a conservation area, Conservation Area Consent
is required if you wish to do any of the following to your property.
- Demolish a building with a volume of more than 115 cubic metres.
- To demolish a gate, fence, wall or railing over 1 metre high
where next to a highway (including a public footpath or bridleway)
or public open space; or over 2 metres high elsewhere.
Some houses may hold roosts of bats or provide a refuge for other
protected species. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 gives special
protection to bats because of their roosting requirements. English
Nature must be notified of any proposed action (eg, remedial timber
treatment, renovation, demolition and extensions) which is likely
to disturb bats or their roosts. English Nature must then be allowed
time to advise on how best to prevent inconvenience to both bats
and householders. Information on bats and the law is included in
the booklet Focus on Bats which can be obtained free of charge from
your local English Nature office.
Seek Professional Advice
As with all building work please seek professional advice from
either your local council's planning department or a local architect