Listed buildings

Listed building consent is required for all works of demolition, alteration or extension to a listed building that affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. This includes internal works and possibly works to buildings and structures within its curtilage.

Listing is not intended to prevent change. It simply means that listed building consent must be sought for works which might affect the building's special interest. Listed buildings are to be enjoyed and used, like any other building and can be altered, extended and sometimes even demolished within government planning guidance.

If you are thinking about making changes to a listed building, such as replacing doors or adding an extension, talking to us is a useful first step.

If you have any queries about works on a listed building or any of the items on this page, please contact us on or call 01636 650 000.

Application for a certificate of lawfulness of proposed works

certificate of lawfulness of proposed works to a listed building can be used to establish whether proposed works to a listed building affect its character. If this is found not to be the case you will not require listed building consent.

This type of certificate can only be applied prior to the relevant works being carried out and cannot be done retrospectively.

Your application must include a detailed description of the proposed works (including existing and proposed materials and finishes) together with details of those parts of the building likely to be affected.

You must also justify why you think the proposed works do not affect the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building.

You should also include:

  • a plan identifying the listed building(s) to which the application refers
  • a statement as to the applicant's interest (ownership, tenancy etc) in the listed building(s) and any interest of any other person
  • details of listed building grading
  • sufficient details on the works proposed (e.g. technical drawings, schedule of works by a builder, annotated photographs etc)

There is no fee for submitting the application.

Applying for listed building consent

Your application for listed building consent should be made to us as the local planning authority. Where the works have an impact on the external appearance of the building, planning permission may also be required and if so should usually be applied for at the same time.

Carrying out works to a listed building without listed building consent when required is a criminal offence.

Listed building consent is free, as is discharging any conditions attached. Download information about listed building consent from the Planning Portal.

Apply for listed building consent via the Planning Portal.

More information on listed buildings

You can find more information on why buildings are listed and the different grades applied on the Historic England website.

Listed buildings at risk

The district has 1,387 buildings, structures and monuments that are regarded to be of national significance and designated as listed buildings. Whilst the great majority are in good condition, there are a number of buildings that have fallen into disuse and disrepair. These structures are commonly referred to as buildings at risk.

The purpose of identification of being at risk is to raise awareness of the deteriorating condition of listed buildings and to generate interest among the local community and potential investors. Listed buildings that are not being maintained in a reasonable condition can be subject to legal action by the Council to enforce repairs. In the most extreme cases, neglect may lead to compulsory purchase proceedings by the Council.

Access the national heritage at risk programme and heritage at risk register on the Historic England website to find out more.

local heritage at risk survey of buildings not included in the national methodology has also been undertaken by Nottinghamshire County Council across the district, including buildings not listed on the national register.

Reducing the risk

Maintenance and occupation are essential in preventing heritage from becoming at risk.

Maintenance of assets already at risk can prevent them from further decay. Without maintenance, the cost of repair and consolidation escalates; the challenge for owners and occupiers increases and the scope for an affordable solution declines.

Our conservation team look to work with owners of buildings and structures on the heritage at risk register and pre-application advice is typically free for all aspects of planning discussion regarding these buildings.

Grants for listed buildings

We do not currently provide grants for heritage-related projects. Nevertheless, you may be able to seek grant assistance from other sources.

Grants for heritage assets in private ownership are limited. However, those that are in public or charitable ownership might be eligible for assistance. It is therefore worth exploring sources of public or charitable funding, including: