Consent and Planning Permission Requirements

The need for consents and permissions is an important aspect of the system to protect England’s heritage, helping to achieve an informed approach to managing change in historic places.  

Different types of heritage assets are protected in different ways. Different consents are required for the carrying out of works to existing buildings or sites and for the construction of new development. These include planning permission, listed building and advertisement consents.  

What activity does and does not require permission or consent is a matter of considerable complexity and is the most common area of misunderstanding.  Relevant decision-makers have the responsibility to decide whether an application for consent is required in particular circumstances.  

This section sets out the rules on what needs permission or consent for various categories of work and how it may be obtained.