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Heritage Consents

This page explains the different legal consents and permissions that may affect historic buildings and places, including those which are protected through the designation system. The main consents which may affect heritage are listed below.

Decisions are normally made by the local planning authority - unless otherwise shown. The decision-maker will have to decide whether or not an application for consent is required in particular circumstances, as well as whether or not to grant consent for any application.

Local planning authorities need to consult Historic England on certain types of application, including some applications for listed building consent and planning permission.

The Historic England Charter for Advisory Services explains where this is needed.

Consents Research

It is important to gain insight and awareness of trends in heritage consent applications in order to inform Historic England's support and guidance.

Listed building consents: a review of data (2015)

In 2015 Green Balance were commissioned to collect and analyse nearly 1,000 listed building consent applications. The sample was distributed between regions, between urban and rural areas, between authorities which do and do not charge for pre-application discussions, and between periods before and after legislation came into effect to reintroduce V.A.T. at 20% on approved works to listed buildings.

Amongst the variables analysed, the data showed who was appyling for listed building consent, what for and the way applicants managed the process for example.

Find out more about listed building consents.

Local authority charging for pre-application advice on listed buildings

We are monitoring the number of local authorities who charge for pre-application advice on works to listed buildings. For more information please contact

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