Listed building consent

Listed buildings are protected by law. This does not mean a listed building can never be altered, however, listed building consent is required for its demolition and for any alterations or extensions which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. This includes replacing windows and doors. Consent should be obtained from the Planning Department. Listed building consent is separate from planning permission, and is sometimes required when planning permission is not.

Listed building controls cover all of the building including the interior:

  • Works to the exterior of the building
  • Works to the interior (including its floor plan and fixtures)
  • Alterations to any attachments to the building
  • The curtilage of any listed building (any object or structure forming part of the land since before 1st July 1948)

All applications for works to a listed building will require a Design and Access Statement to be submitted.

The setting of a listed building

The setting of a listed building is also protected. Local authorities are required, when considering applications for planning permission for works which affect a listed building, to have special regard to the desirability of preserving the setting of the building. The setting of a building may include obviously ancillary land, but may also include land some distance from it.

Applying for listed building consent

If you want to alter or extend a listed building in a way that will affect its character or appearance as a building of special architectural or historic interest, you must first apply for listed building consent from the council. 

Listed building consent application form and guidance notes

The council has produced three guides to help the owners of listed buildings.

Icon for pdf Guidance on preparing Heritage Statements for Listed Building Consent applications [429.27KB]

Icon for pdf A Guide for Listed Building Owners [497.88KB]

Icon for pdf Repairs and Extensions to Listed Buildings - Good Practice Information Leaflet [109.8KB]

Pre-application advice on listed buildings

The council operates a free Duty Officer advisory service at its offices for basic pre-application advice and general planning enquiries. Other pre-application advice, including advice on works to listed buildings is charged for. Full details can be found on the Planning advice from the council page.


Additional information

Uttlesford District Council policy on development affecting listed buildings - Policy ENV2

Find listed buildings in Uttlesford using our Land Charges mapping system

Historic England - Making changes to your property

Planning (Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas) Act 1990

Planning Policy Guidance 15