If a building is listed this means it has formally been identified as being of special architectural or historical interest. Listed buildings are recorded on English Heritage’s National Heritage List for England.
It also means there are extra controls over changes to it, in addition to normal planning and building regulations. If you want to alter a listed building you must obtain listed building consent before making certain changes. Our Guide to making an application for Listed Building Consent explains what works need consent and how to apply for this. Please also check with our Planning Applications team before carrying out any works to listed buildings.
The Council relies for its historic buildings advice on an external consultant, whose availability is limited. All queries relating to proposed works to listed buildings should therefore be directed via the planning applications team.
It is an offence to demolish, extend or alter a listed building in any way that affects its character without first obtaining listed building consent. We may prosecute if you fail to do so. If you are convicted the penalties can be heavy.
To apply for planning consent, please use the Planning Portal. There is no fee for listed building applications.
You will need to show the impact of the proposal on the building’s character. You may need to obtain your own specialist advice for this. Usually we will issue the Council’s decision within eight weeks, subject to the Secretary of State’s approval required for applications involving Grade I and II* buildings. Many developments within the curtilage of a listed building will need specific planning permission and may also need building regulation approval.
If you are an owner of or are considering buying a listed building you might find the following leaflets useful:
Maintaining listed buildings
The Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings has information on how to care for historic buildings. Small discretionary grants may be available from us to help owners of listed buildings keep them in good repair. Grants may also be available from the Surrey Historic Buildings Trust. English Heritage may be able to offer some financial help for repairs to Grade 1 and Grade II* listed buildings.