Our heritage experts share with us some in-depth information about Listed Build Consent, including what information is required to submit an application as well as what the conditions attached to the decision mean. Take a look below to find out more.

What information do I need to submit as part of my Listed Building Consent application?

When submitting an application for Listed Building Consent, it is important to submit enough information so that the Local Planning Authority (LPA) is able to clearly understand the proposals as well as any potential impacts, as required by legislation. Alongside the submission of the relevant application form and ownership certificates, legislation requires than any application should contain (a) sufficient particulars to identify the building to which it relates, including a plan, (b) such other plans and drawings as are necessary to describe the works which are the subject of the application s, and (c) such other particulars as may be required by the authority. Each LPA will have its own validation requirements for applications, usually found on the planning pages of their website, but these will generally include:

  • A Site Location Plan;
  • Proposed and existing floor plans and elevations; and
  • A Heritage Impact Assessment.

Depending on the proposal, they could also request section drawings, detailed drawings of architectural details, a structural survey or specific methodologies to be submitted before they will be able to validate or determine your application, although some of these details may be delivered by Condition (see below). If in doubt, it is always best to check with your local Conservation Officer or Heritage Consultant who will be able to advise what information may be required.

I have had Listed Building Consent granted for works at my property. There are a number ‘Conditions’ attached to the Decision Notice, what does this mean?

In order to make a proposal for works to a Listed Building acceptable, it is often necessary for the LPA to impose Conditions on a Listed Building Consent. It is important to note that if Consent is granted with Conditions, you must comply with the requirements of the Conditions in full, otherwise the works will be in breach of the Consent and will be unauthorised and unlawful. A standard Condition is that the works must be carried out in accordance with the approved plans, thereby you must not do anything that is not shown on the plans.  Additional Conditions often require the submission of details to the Local Authority for approval prior to commencement of works, and might require additional methodologies to be submitted explaining how works will be carried out, samples of materials, or more detailed to-scale drawings. It is important that you understand any Conditions in full, and if in doubt you should seek clarification from a Heritage Consultant, or the Case Officer at the Council to be sure what each Condition requires. If the Condition requires details to be agreed by the Local Authority, an application for discharging them can be made via the Planning Portal, whereby you must submit an application form and the relevant information. If approved, the Council should issue a Decision Notice detailing what Conditions details are approved. You must ensure that you then comply with these details.

This article was first published in the Listed Heritage Magazine. For more information about our Heritage team, or any of our services, please contact us.