A Listed Building is one that has been placed on the statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. The List is compiled by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

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 - these are not considered on individual merit of the structure, but form part of a group of buildings of architectural or historical value

It's important to remember that a Listed Building includes any object or structure which is fixed to it or within its curtilage, which although not fixed to the main building forms part of the land and has done so since before 1 July 1948. This means, for example, that structures associated with a Listed Building like barns or pigsties built before 1948 would also be treated as listed buildings.


How do I find out if a building is listed?

For more information and advice about living in a Listed Building, please see Historic England.


Can I make alterations to a listed building? 

Listing means there will be extra control over what changes can be made to a building's interior and exterior.  Even minor alterations to a listed building could alter its character and need consent.

However, listing is not a preservation order - it is not intended to freeze a building in time. Your works or alterations should be sympathetic to the building and its character, and preserve any historic fabric, while still allowing you to live in it.

Carrying out unauthorised works to a listed building is a criminal offence and is punishable by fines or even a prison sentence.

We strongly advise you toconsult the planning department for advice prior to undertaking any works to a listed building. 

If your house falls within the boundaries of Dartmoor National Park, you should contact Dartmoor National Park's Planning Department.

Our Heritage Duty Planner Service can provide advice and information about carrying out works to a Listed Building. There is a charge for this service

If you need to know how likely it is that your proposal will be given permission, you will need to submit a pre-application enquiry form to us using the link below.  There is a charge for this service.

Pre-application 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 currently no charge for applications for Listed Building consent.

If you want to make a planning application to the Council, you must submit it on a standard form, either online or by post.  The simplest way to submit a planning application is online. Click the 'apply online' image below. 

Apply Online Plannning


Where can I find advice about living in or looking after my Listed Building?

The best place to find general advice about Listed Buildings is from the Historic England Website, but there are lots of places you can look. Below are some links you may find useful.