Listed Building Consent

If your property is Listed you will need to apply for listed building consent if:

  • you want to demolish a listed building or;
  • you want to alter or extend a listed building in a manner which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest.
  • you may also need listed building consent for any works to separate buildings within the grounds of a listed building.

If you are uncertain as to whether or not your property is listed, you can search for your property using our Interactive Map.

The best way of developing an application is through pre-application discussions with officers who can also advise on the level of information required.

For further information please refer to the Listed Buildings page; in addition English Heritage offer a range of planning advice.

Guidance notes

What you need to submit

The list below details supporting documents that may need to be submitted as part of your application. Please refer to each section below in order to determine whether or not you need to submit it as part of your application.

When is it required?

Always required

What is required?

  • Detailed drawings showing the existing elevations (the appearance of the property from all sides affected by the proposal) to an appropriate scale, usually 1:100 and with a scale bar or metric measurements included.
  • Drawings must show the complete building, partial drawings are not acceptable.

Please ensure that all plans submitted as part of your application are accurately labelled and numbered.

Source, policies and references

National validation requirement

When is it required? 

Always required. A completed form is always required (one copy of all application documents must be supplied if submitted by post).

What is required?

Please ensure that you have completed every section of the application form before submitting. Where sections or questions are not relevant please state this on the form.  

Source, policies and references

National validation requirement

When is it required?

  • Major development (defined as development of 10 or more dwellings (or 0.5 hectares for residential development where the number of dwellings is unknown) for the creation of more than a 1,000 square metres of floor space and where the site is greater than 1 hectare).
  • Development in a designated area (World Heritage Site or conservation area) where the proposed development consists of either one or more dwellings or a building or buildings with floor space of 100 square metres or more.
  • Applications for listed building consent.

What is required?

A design and access statement should:

  • Explain the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development
  • Demonstrate the steps that have been taken to appraise the context of the development and how the design of the development takes that context into account in relation to the proposal
  • Explain the policy adopted as to access and how policies relating to access in relevant development plan documents (DPDs) have been taken into account
  • State what, if any, consultation has been undertaken on issues relating to access to the development and what account has been taken of the outcome of any such consultation
  • Explain how specific issues which might affect access to the development have been addressed.

Statements accompanying applications for Listed Building Consent should, in addition to the above, show how they have taken account of:

  • The special architectural or historic importance of the building
  • The particular physical features of the building that justify its designation as a listed building
  • The building's setting.

Source, policies and references

National validation requirement

When is it required?

All listed building consent applications

What is required?

Plans to the scale of not less than 1:10 and 1:2 (for details on cross-section drawings) with a scale bar or metric measurements included, to show all new doors, windows, panelling, fireplaces, plaster moulding and other decorative features where alterations are proposed to those features.

Site Levels and Cross-section drawings may be required depending on the nature of the proposal. You are advised to engage in pre-application discussions with our Conservation team before submitting your application.

Please ensure that all plans submitted as part of your application are accurately labelled and numbered.

When is it required?

Always required

What is required?

  • Detailed drawings showing the proposed elevations (showing the proposal against existing building from all sides) to an appropriate scale, usually 1:100 and with a scale bar or metric measurements included.
  • Drawings must show the complete building, partial drawings are not acceptable.

Please ensure that all plans submitted as part of your application are accurately labelled and numbered.

Source, policies and references

National validation requirement

There is no fee required for this type of application.

When is it required?

Always required

What is required?

Drawings showing the full existing floor layout plans to an appropriate scale, usually 1:100 and with a scale bar or metric measurements included. 

Drawings must show the complete building, partial drawings are not acceptable.

Please ensure that all plans submitted as part of your application are accurately labelled and numbered.

Source, policies and references

National validation requirement

When is it required?

Always required

What is required?

  • Drawings showing the full proposed floor layout plans to an appropriate scale, usually 1:100 and with a scale bar or metric measurements included.
  • Drawings must show the complete building, partial drawings are not acceptable.
  • Where applications involve the installation of mechanical and electrical building services plant/equipment such as flues, air handling units/air conditioning, extraction, air source heat pumps, combustion appliances etc. the position of these should be indicated.

Please ensure that all plans submitted as part of your application are accurately labelled and numbered.

Source, policies and references

National validation requirement

When is it required?

Development affecting a heritage asset. Heritage assets are buildings, monuments, sites, places, areas or landscapes which are significant because of their historic interest.

Designated heritage assets include:

  • World Heritage Site
  • Scheduled Monument
  • Listed Building
  • Registered Park and Garden
  • Conservation Area

For new development, consideration should be given to the potential of archaeological assets.

What is required?

The level of information or investigation required to support a proposal that could impact on a heritage asset needs to be proportionate to the significance of the heritage asset and the potential impact of the works proposed. Pre-application meetings are strongly recommended.

As a minimum, statements will be required to identify heritage assets and demonstrate how proposals have preserved or enhanced their significance.

Source, policies and references

Local validation requirement

  • SCLP Policies NH/14 & NH/15
  • NPPF Chapter 16
  • NPPG - Conserving and enhancing the historic environment Listed Buildings SPD
  • Listed building descriptions
  • Conservation Area appraisals
  • Cambridgeshire Historic Environment Record

What is required?

This must be an up-to-date Ordnance Survey-based location plan at an appropriate scale, usually 1:1250 or 1:2500. In the case of large sites other scales may be appropriate.

The plan must show:

  • At least two named roads and all surrounding buildings or land (unless this would require a plan greater than a scale of 1:2500)
  • The application site (the whole planning unit)
  • A north point
  • The scale clearly identified

The plan used should:

  • Show OS Crown copyright
  • Not to be copied from existing OS mapping, if using hand drawn maps such as standard streets
  • Show the correct licence number if you wish to print or copy maps for applications

The application site boundary must be edged clearly with a red line. It should include all land necessary to carry out the proposed development - for example, land required for access to the site from a public highway, visibility splays, landscape, car parking and open areas around the building. A blue line should be drawn around any other land owned by the applicant, close to or adjoining the application site.

Source, policies and references

National validation requirement

When is it required?

Always required (part of application form)

What is required?

The relevant certificate must be completed, signed and dated (part of application form). Only one certificate should be completed.

  • Certificate A should be completed if the applicant is the sole owner of the land to which the application relates or holds an unexpired lease with a term of 7 or more years remaining.
  • Certificate B should be completed if the applicant is not the sole owner but knows the names and addresses of all the other owners.
    The Notice to Owners (Notice 1) must also be completed and sent to all known owners. A copy of the notice must be sent with the application to the local authority.
  • Certificate C should be completed if the applicant does not own all of the land to which the application relates and does not know the name and address of all of the owners. The Notice to Owners (Notice 1) must be completed and sent to all known owners. Where the owner is unknown the Notice to Unknown Owners (Notice 2) needs to be published in a local newspaper. A copy of the notice must be sent with the application to the local authority.
  • Certificate D should be completed if the applicant does not own all of the land to which the application relates and does not know the names and addresses of the owners. The Notice to Unknown Owners (Notice 2) needs to be published in a local newspaper. A copy of the notice must be sent with the application to the local authority.

When is it required?

Required only for complex roof structures.

What is required?

  • The roof plan should show the shape of the roof at an appropriate scale, usually 1:50 or 1:100 and with a correct overall dimensions in metric measurements included.
  • Details such as the material, vents and their location should be shown.
  • Please ensure that all plans submitted as part of your application are accurately labelled and numbered.

Source, policies and references

National validation requirement

Interpretation and Guidance notes

Roof lights should be indicated on floor plan.

When is it required?

May be required where:

  • where the proposed development involves the demolition of any exiting structures
  • where there are trees on site that may be impacted by the proposed development.

What is required?

Existing site layout plans to a recognised scale (1:100, 1:200 or 1:500 as appropriate)The Site Layout Plan should show:

  • the direction of North;
  • a scale bar or metric measurements;

In addition, the Site Layout Plan should show the following unless these would not influence or be affected by the proposed development:

  • all the buildings, roads and footpaths on land adjoining the site including access arrangements;
  • all public rights of way crossing or adjoining the site (footpath, bridleway, restricted byway or byway open to all traffic); the position of all trees on the site, and those on adjacent land;
  • the extent and type of any hard surfacing;
  • boundary treatment including walls or fencing;
  • existing car parking and turning arrangements.
  • any existing bin and cycle stores.

Please ensure that all plans submitted as part of your application are accurately labelled and numbered.

Source, policies and references

National validation requirement

When is it required?

Always required

What is required?

Proposed site layout plans to a recognised scale (1:100, 1:200 or 1:500 as appropriate)The Site Layout Plan should show:

  • The direction of North;
  • a scale bar or metric measurements;

In addition, the Site Layout Plan should show the following unless these would not influence or be affected by the proposed development:

  • all the buildings, roads and footpaths on land adjoining the site including access arrangements;
  • all public rights of way crossing or adjoining the site (footpath, bridleway, restricted byway or byway open to all traffic); the position of all trees on the site, and those on adjacent land;
  • the extent and type of any hard surfacing;
  • boundary treatment including walls or fencing;
  • existing car parking and turning arrangements.
  • any existing bin and cycle stores.

Please ensure that all plans submitted as part of your application are accurately labelled and numbered.

Source, policies and references

National validation requirement

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