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Last updated on April 27th, 2023

Listed building consent cost guide

In the UK, it’s against the law to extend, alter or demolish a listed building without listed building consent. But what exactly is it? And how much does listed building consent cost? We’ll reveal all here.

In the UK, it’s against the law to extend, alter or demolish a listed building without listed building consent. But what exactly is it? And how much does listed building consent cost? We’ll reveal all here.

What is listed building consent?

ItemUnitAverage cost
Listed building consentPer applicationFree
Planning permission applicationFor alterations or extensions to a single dwelling£206
Architect to help obtain consentPer hour£50-£100

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Listed building consent is a way for planning authorities to make sure that any proposed alterations to listed buildings are appropriate and in keeping with the building’s character.

If your local planning authority gives you listed building consent, it means that you have permission to press on ahead with your plans to alter the building. However, if you make alterations without consent, you may have to pay to put things back to how they were. If you don’t, you could be prosecuted and your property will almost certainly become hard to sell.

Do I need listed building consent?

If you want to alter or extend a listed building, even internally, you’ll have to get listed building consent. You’ll also need it if you want to demolish any part of a listed building.

On the other hand, you probably won’t need it if you’re simply replacing old materials with new ones like-for-like. This is because you won’t be affecting the character of the building. That said, pressing on without it could be a costly mistake to make, so it’s always worth checking with your local planning authority to be sure.

How much does a listed building consent application cost?

Listed building consent is completely free. The costs will be shouldered by your local authority. All you need to do is download a form from your local planning authority’s website.

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Cost of listed building consent

Associated cost of listed building consent

Often, projects that need listed building consent also require planning permission. This will be necessary if you’re making an external change that falls under planning permission requirements and it does come at a cost. You can apply for both at the same time.

Depending on the scope of the work you’re proposing, you may also want an architect to help you obtain the relevant permissions. Architect fees will vary based on the seniority of your architect and the size of their firm, but you’ll normally be looking at somewhere between £50 to £100 per hour.

Listed building consent cost summary

  • Listed building consent is free.
  • It’s illegal to make alterations to a listed building without it.
  • You may need to apply for planning permission at the same time.
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