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Apply for listed building consent

A listed building is a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest. They're recognised by the government as needing protection from being demolished or changed. Listed buildings can be churches, houses, bridges and gates.

Automatic extension of your listed building consent

We've extended all listed building consents which were due to end between 23 March 2020 - 31 December 2020.

These listed building consents will now end end on 1 May 2021.

Changes you need consent for

You must apply for listed building consent if:

  • You want to demolish all or part of a listed building.
  • You want to alter or extend a listed building in a way which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest.

If you're not sure whether you need listed building consent, call us or email us using the contact details on this page for some advice.  

Apply for listed building consent through the Planning Portal

It's FREE to apply for listed building consent.

You'll need to:

  1. Check if your building is listed
  2. Read our checklist and guidance to make sure you have everything you need to apply. Search for application form, checklist and guidance for listing building consent
  3. Follow the link to apply for listed building consent through the Planning Portal.
  4. On the Planning Portal website, select 'Start a planning application'.
  5. Fill in application name and the address of the listed building then select next.
  6. Choose application type 'listed building consent' from the drop down menu then select next.
  7. Complete the application form. It will then be sent to us automatically to review.

Apply for listed building consent through the Planning Portal (opens in a new window)

What happens next?

Once you've completed the application form:

  1. We'll contact you if there's any information or important documents missing from your application.
  2. We aim to make a decision on your application within 8-12 weeks.
  3. If we approve your request, we'll send you an approval letter. You'll be able to begin work on your listed building immediately, unless we outline any restrictions in your approval letter.
  4. If we refuse your application, we'll contact you to discuss the reasons why and what you can do next.

Other ways to apply for listed building consent

You can also apply for listed building consent by filling in the application form and emailing it to

Fines and penalities for making changes without consent

It's illegal to carry out work which needs listed building consent without receiving it first. 

If you work on a listed building without consent, you could receive a fine or a prison sentence. In some cases, you'll also have to pay to have the work undone.


0300 303 8873

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Planning and Development
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

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