Listed Buildings are a buildings of special architectural or historical importance which are recognised by Historic Environment Scotland as needing special protection. There are three types of Listed Building protection in Scotland:
- Category A: Buildings of national or international importance, either architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or building type.
- Category B: Buildings of regional or more than local importance, or major examples of some particular period, style or building type which may have been altered.
- Category C: Buildings of local importance, lesser examples of any period, style, or building type, as originally constructed or moderately altered; and simple traditional buildings which group well with others in categories A and B.
Listed Building Consent
Most work involving internal or external alterations to a Listed Building will require Listed Building Consent.
The application process for Listed Building Consent is very similar to the planning application process. There is no fee for a Listed Building Consent Application.
If you need to apply for Listed Building Consent you can do so online using the Scottish Government's ePlanning.scot website. Alternatively you can submit an application by post using the downloadable forms.
The current ePlanning Scotland portal will remain live until 17th March 2016 to allow completion and submission of proposals which had already been started.
From 13th January 2016 all new proposals will be created using the new ePlanning.scot online application portal. Applicants will need to register before starting work on their first proposal.
Your application will be acknowledged by email or by letter (depending on the method of submission). The application will be registered and made publicly available via the online planning pages of the Council website.
Please note, carrying out of unauthorised works without the appropriate Listed Building Consent is a criminal offence and may result in fines up to £20,000.
There is a great deal of advice on Listed Buildings and the wider Historic Environment available through the Historic Environment Scotland website, including a search facility providing information on all of Scotland's Listed Buildings
The Planning Information Officer can advise you whether you require Listed Building Consent for any works to your property and provide other planning related information.
Planning Information Officer
The Planning Information Officer provides planning information and general planning advice during office hours.
Mon to Thurs 0900 - 1700,
8 Lothian Road
0131 271 3302 (tel)
0131 271 3537 (fax)