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Listed Building Consent

Listed Building Consent (LBC)

Works or alterations to listed buildings of all grades which would alter their appearance, character or structure require prior LBC. Buildings within the freehold curtilage such as outhouses, stables, walls and gates are also covered.

How long does it take to obtain LBC?

Up to eight weeks from initial registration. Six weeks is normal in Wellingborough. Much of this time is taken up by the necessity to advertise schemes and await comments from consultees including the Royal Commission for Historical Monuments of England and other selected specialist bodies, who must be given the opportunity to record the building if desired.

English Heritage is another significant consultee. If English Heritage objects to an application for LBC in respect of a Grade I or Grade II* building (and for almost all demolition in whole or part of buildings of all grades), the file is automatically passed direct to the Secretary of State for the Environment for determination. This process can itself take up to 4 weeks.

Existing and prior LBC

Sometimes a building is sold with LBC for alterations and extensions. New owners are under no obligation to carry out these works. Instead they may wish to submit their own plans with a fresh application for LBC.

Prospective purchasers may apply for LBC and planning approval before they exchange contracts or complete purchases.

If you are thinking of buying a listed building it may be helpful to discuss the conservation implications with the Borough Council prior to making a decision.

Demolition and new development

The demolition of all or part of any listed building (or of most pre-1948 built structures within the curtilage), requires consent. New development within the curtilage of a listed building, but not physically attached to it, will require planning permission.

Planning approval and "Permitted Development"

In addition to LBC, works and extensions to listed buildings may also require planning and building regulations permission. It is advisable to discuss proposed works with the Planning Department and/or a Building Control Officer before submitting an application.

Under planning legislation certain works are permitted without the need for planning permission. This is known as 'Permitted Development'. However, there is no permitted development for listed buildings.


Last updated: ‎24‎/‎07‎/‎2020‎