As owner of a listed building, you are responsible for its repair and maintenance, just as you would be with any other building. It is very likely you’ll need permission for major works and even some minor works to your property.
Listing is used to protect the character of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. Scotland had more than 47,000 listed building records at 3 March 2016. Your planning authority can tell you if your property is listed.
Permission for works
You must apply to your planning authority for listed building consent before making any changes that may affect the character of your property.
You will almost certainly need listed building consent for:
- an extension
- structural alterations
- partial or total demolition
Other works that might require permission include those to:
- make changes to windows and doors
- clean stonework
- change the colour of external paintwork
- display adverts and new signage
Check with your planning authority before carrying out any work to a listed building.
Suitable materials and methods
Work on traditionally constructed buildings should be carried out to a high standard, using traditional methods and materials. You should employ the services of a tradesperson or contractor with conservation experience, preferably in local building techniques and traditions.
You may be able to get funding towards the repair and maintenance of a listed building. Find out about Historic Environment Scotland grant schemes.
Get help to find skilled tradespeople and professionals.
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