Listed Building Consent

Applications for Listed Building Consent (LBC) can take up to eight weeks for us to determine. However, there is no fee payable and there is a right of appeal against any refusal to the Planning Inspectorate.

It is essential that you have been granted LBC consent before starting any work to a listed building or curtilage listed structure/building. There are penalties for altering or demolishing a listed building without consent from us. If we decided to seek prosecution in the magistrate’s court, a fine of up to £20,000 or six months imprisonment, this could rise up to a possible two years imprisonment on indictment, or a fine without a limit, can be imposed.

Please note that Listed Building Consent is not a Planning Permission or Building Regulations Approval. Therefore, you may require separate Planning Permission from us and Building Regulations approval.

When is consent required?

Once a building is listed, consent is required for its demolition - in whole or in part - and for any alteration or extensions which would affect its character, unless it is like-for-like works. Consent will be required for a building that is subject to a Building Preservation Notice (BPN). We may serve a BPN as a temporary safeguard if we believe an unlisted building of special architectural or historic interest is in danger of demolition or alteration that would affect its character.

The list of historic buildings approved by the Secretary of State including a description of each building can be found on the Historic England website. This is principally to aid identification. List descriptions are not intended to provide a comprehensive or exclusive record of all features of importance, and the amount of information given varies considerable. If a feature (whether internal or external) is absent from the list, this does not indicate that it is not of historic interest, or that it can be removed or altered without consent from us.

It is a common misconception that only the exterior of a building is protected. Protection extends to the interior as well and can also extend to certain fixtures and so-called ‘curtilage building’ - any object or structure which is fixed to the building, or is within the curtilage and forms part of the land and has done so since before July 1948. This can sometimes include buildings now outside the current ownership such as barn conversions.

To submit an application for listed building consent, you can apply online at the National Planning Portal or you can complete the relevant form below:

Please make sure you submit one original copy of the application form, together with one original copy of the plans and supporting information. You can also pay for your application by cheque, credit or debit card. For more information on this service, please visit our planning application fees and how to pay page.

For information on ownership certificates or planning application fees, please visit the following webpage below:

You can also download the relevant Notices below:

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download these documents. If you don’t have it you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free.

Contact details

Development Management Team
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
Herts
SG1 1HN

01438 242838
planning@stevenage.gov.uk