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Listed Buildings

A listed building is one that has been placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, which is compiled by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. A listed building may not be demolished, extended, or altered without special permission from the council. If your property is within Dartmoor National Park, you must seek permission from them.

How does a structure get listed?

A building, structure or object can be added to the list for the following reasons:

  • Architectural Interest
  • Historical Interest
  • Close Historical Associations and/or Group Value - not considered on individual merit of the structure , but it forms part of a group of buildings of architectural or historical value

How do I find out if a building is listed?

To find out if a building is Listed, please search the National Heritage List for England on the English Heritage Website. Photos of Listed Buildings are also available on the Images of England website.

Can I make alterations to a listed building?

Buildings and structures that are listed have much stricter controls in respect of alteration and demolition than their non-listed counterparts. Even minor alterations to a listed building could alter its character and need consent.

Carrying out unauthorised works to a listed building is a criminal offence and is punishable by fines or even a prison sentence. You are therefore strongly urged to consult the planning department for advice prior to undertaking any works to a listed building. Our contact details are on this page. If your house falls within the boundaries of Dartmoor National Park, you should contact the DNPA planning service.

How do I get consent to alter a listed building?

Listed Building Consent is additional to any planning permission that may be required. Under most circumstances listed building applications and applications for planning permission are considered together.

There is no charge for applications for Listed Building consent.