Finding a listed building
You can find out if a building is listed through your local council.
Finding listed buildings in your area
If you want to do building work in your home or are moving into a new home which you plan to do building work on in future, you should check it's not a listed building because different rules apply in this case.
Your local council may have a list or catalogue of listed buildings, or you could ask English Heritage for information about listed buildings. These are buildings that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has decided are of architectural or historic importance. Any plan to change them that might affect their special character must be agreed by the council. Your local council can tell you more about this.
Listed buildings are divided intothree categories:
- Grade I - buildings of exceptional interest
- Grade II* - buildings of special interest
- Grade II - other buildings of special interest
Your local council may also have a list of local buildings of character and importance. This doesn't give the buildings any legal protection but is a public record of their special status, which might be considered when a planning decision is made.
The following link will let you enter details of where you live and then take you to your local authority website where you can find out more about listed buildings.
- The planning system and development control
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If your house is included on a statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest, compiled and managed by English Heritage, then it is classed as a ‘listed building’. This means that the property is legally protected, in order to preserve and safeguard it for future enjoyment.
The government has given responsibility for determining planning matters to local authorities. There are two main types of local authority - district and county councils each of which perform different roles. There are also unitary councils, which combine the roles of county and district councils.
Before you start any building work, you must check if you need planning permission. If you fail to do this, you may break the law. Find out how to apply for planning permission and what other permissions - for example, relating to party walls - you might need before work begins.
From October 2008 the majority of homeowners no longer need to get planning permission when extending their existing homes. Other common building projects like fitting solar panels or converting a garage are also easier to carry out following changes to planning regulations.
Sometimes you may not get the decision you want on your planning application. If you feel that this is unfair or wrong, then you have the right to appeal. Appeals are handled by The Planning Inspectorate, which will take another look at your application.
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