This page introduces the different legal consents and permissions that may affect historic buildings and places, including those which are protected through the designation system. Use the list of links below to find out more about the main consents which may affect heritage.
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.