Applying for Listed Building Consent

An application for Listed Building Consent will be required for alterations to a listed building which are considered to affect its special character/appearance as a building or structure of architectural/historic interest.  As all listed buildings are different, decisions on whether works require Listed Building Consent are taken on a case-by-case basis.

In general, however, such works that will require listed building consent are:

  • replacing doors and windows
  • re-roofing
  • new chimney pots
  • new rainwater goods
  • wholesale re-pointing
  • rendering or re-rendering
  • painting of render, stone
  • brickwork and external joinery
  • internal structural works including removal of walls and partitions
  • formation of new doorways
  • blocking (or un-blocking) of doors/windows
  • any works to staircases, fireplaces, chimneybreasts or other structural/decorative elements of the interior

This short list is not definitive in any way and listed building owners should always make inquiries with the Local Planning Authority on what work may require consent.

All alteration works to the exterior or interior historic fabric of a listed building are dealt with under an application for Listed Building Consent.  Extensions to listed buildings, and any other development that physically abuts or attaches itself to the listed building, will require Listed Building Consent and may also require an application for Planning Permission. The installation of a satellite dish on a listed building is likely to require listed building consent and may require planning permission.  Planning Permission would also be required for a freestanding building or structure (such as a garage, shed, stable or other form of outbuilding) within the curtilage of a listed building as well as any proposed works to walls, fences, gates and other means of enclosure.  It is a criminal offence to undertake works to a listed building without obtaining Listed Building Consent prior to works taking place.

An application for Listed Building Consent can take up to 8 weeks to determine (12 weeks for grade I and II* listed buildings).  Applications should contain full information (drawings, photographs, research etc) to enable the Local Planning Authority (and consultees and members of the public) to fully understand the extent, scope and detail of the proposed works.  Before submission of an application the Local Planning Authority is happy to discuss proposals and provide advice and information.

Listed Building Consent application forms (and guidance notes) are available to download from the Councils website Application forms

Making an application for Listed Building Consent

In July 2018 the Government updated the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Part 16 of this framework is entitled 'Conserving & Enhancing the Historic Environment'. 

Part 16 of the NPPF provides detailed policies relating to the historic environment which will be used by the Local Planning Authority when considering and assessing applications for Listed Building Consent.  Historic England has produced an advice document entitled ‘Making Changes to Heritage Assets’ advice note 2 (2016). 

The Local Planning Authority has produced a guidance note on the preparation and compilation of a 'Statement of Significance and Impact' (see Related Documents at the bottom of this page).  All applications for works that may affect the significance of a heritage asset will need to be accompanied by a 'Statement of Significance and Impact'.  The guidance note describes what is required and suggests ways in which this information can be compiled and submitted as part of an application.

To accompany the 'Statement of Significance and Impact' an application for Listed Building Consent will also need to include (as a minimum):

  • A fully completed and signed application form (forms available from the Council's website).
  • A large-scale map extract (1:1250) showing the location of the site/building edged in red.
  • Metric scaled drawings of plans, elevations and sections "as existing" and "as proposed" (usually at a scale of 1:50).
  • Metric scaled drawings of proposed details such as doors, windows, partitions, staircases etc (usually at a scale of 1:10 with moulding details and window sections at 1:2).
  • Photographs of the building (in general) and photographs of the specific areas/parts of the building where proposed works are intended.

All the information should be submitted to the Local Planning Authority who will validate the application.  If any information is deemed missing from the application then the Local Planning Authority will write to the applicant (or their agent) asking for any additional information. Once validated the application will be processed.  Please note that the more comprehensive an application submission, the more likely it is to be validated quickly.

How do I get a building included on the National List?

Anyone can make a request to English Heritage for a building to be included on to the statutory list, including parish councils, local residents, amenity societies, interested bodies or ourselves.  This procedure is know as spot listing. Spot listing is not undertaken by ourselves but by English Heritage.  There is a formal application form which can be obtained from English Heritage, Application Form for spot listing / de-listing or from the Local Planning Authority.  The form will require the following information to be prepared and submitted:

  • Full address of the building or structure
  • The date of the building
  • Details of its function/use
  • Any historical associations it has
  • The name of the architect/designer (if known)
  • Assessment of its group value in the street scene
  • Details of its exterior and interior, including all features of interest
  • Comprehensive set of photographs – external and internal
  • Name and contact details of the building owner
  • A location map clearly identifying the building/structure (and any existing listed building in the vicinity)

An Historic England inspector will visit and assess the building and then prepare a report and recommendation which will be sent to the Secretary of State at Department for Culture Media and Sport. If the Secretary of State lists the building the person who made the request will be formally notified. At the same time we will also receive a copy of the listing.

How do I get a building removed from the National List?

There is no statutory right of appeal against the listing of a building. Anyone who considers that a listed building or structure does not possess special architectural or historic interest, or that that special architectural or historic interest has been eroded or diminished, can make a formal application to Historic England to have the building/structure removed from the list (Application forms are available from English Heritage or the Local Planning Authority or can be downloaded here - Application form for spot listing / de-listing). In considering the removal of any building/structure from the list Historic England will assess its special architectural and historic interest only and will not take any other issues into account.

Similar information as described for spot-listing should be prepared and submitted to Historic England.

How many Listed Buildings are in the Derbyshire Dales District?

Within the Derbyshire Dales District, outside the National Park, there are approximately 1,325 listed buildings, some of which were listed as early as 1950. Of these 35 are Grade I, 96 are Grade II* and 1,194 are Grade II.  Go to our listed buildings page for a list of listed buildings in Derbyshire Dales District on a parish by parish basis.

Further Information

The District Council has produced an Information leaflet entitled "Buying and Owning a Listed Building", which can be downloaded from the Related Documents section at the bottom of this page.

What grants are available for Listed Buildings?

In certain circumstances it is possible to obtain grant aid directly from English Heritage in relation to repair works to Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings. Applications must be made prior to work commencing on site.  For further information, and availability on grant assistance from Historic England is available via their website:

Related documents

Buying and Owning a Listed Building Information Leaflet (PDF 511KB)

Statement of Significance and Impact - Guidance Notes (PDF 467KB)

Listed Building Interiors (PDF 780KB)

Shopfronts and Commercial Properties Design Guidance - SPD - Adopted May 2006 - Modified June 2012 Part 1 [PDF 7.59MB]

Shopfronts and Commercial Properties Design Guidance - SPD - Adopted May 2006 - Modified June 2012 Part 2 [PDF 7.39MB]

Shopfronts and Commercial Properties Design Guidance - SPD - Adopted May 2006 - Modified June 2012 Part 3 [PDF 6.91MB]

The Conversion of Barns SPD (2005) (PDF 1139KB)