Nationally listed buildings

Owning a listed building

What is listed?

All of the building inside and out is listed. There is no such thing as just a listed frontage or listed chimney breast - although many people think this is the case.

Anything fixed to a listed building is also listed. Any structure in the grounds which was there before 1948 (even if not fixed to the listed building) is itself listed as a curtilage structure. This includes boundary walls, gates and garden walls.

Making changes or repairing a listed building

The building is protected by law, and if you want to carry out work or make changes to a listed building you will probably need listed building consent, including demolition, alterations and extensions.

Even relatively minor works, such as painting, may affect the character of a listed building and it is advisable to contact our conservation officer before starting any works.

The setting of a listed building is also an important factor when changes or extensions are being considered.

If you own a listed building and want to make changes or carry about repairs, please first contact us. We also have more information about carrying out work on a listed building.

Further information

We have produced a leafet which provides guidance on how to look after or live in a listed building:

Download the leaflet

Contact the Conservation Officer