Listed building consent (LBC) is required for any work to a listed building which affects its 'special interest', and planning permission is needed for 'development'. Much (perhaps most) work to listed buildings will not affect special interest, and therefore does not need LBC. In practice, however, until recently the 'official' guidance was minimal, it can sometimes appear very unclear whether LBC is needed or not, and penalties for carrying out work which needed consent without consent can be substantial. This Guidance Note is designed to help members with heritage who are in doubt.
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