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Listed Buildings

What is a Listed Building?

A listed building is statutorily protected against unauthorised demolition, alteration and extension. It has special 'national' architectural or historic interest.

The list is compiled by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under the provisions of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act, 1990. The Secretary of State is advised by Historic England. Buildings are graded as follows:

  • Grade I  (of exceptional interest)
  • Grade II*  (particularly important or more than special interest)
  • Grade II  (of special interest)

If you wish to make changes to a Listed Building you must first apply for Listed Building Consent (LBC).

Newcastle City Council have also adopted a Local List of buildings to highlight non-statutorily protected buildings which are an important part of the local historic environment.

Listed Building Consent

It is a criminal offence to carry out work which needs listed building consent without obtaining it beforehand.

You will need to apply for listed building consent if either of the following cases apply:

a. You want to demolish a listed building

b. You want to alter or extend a listed building in a manner which would affect its character

You may also need listed building consent for any works to structures within the grounds of a listed building.

If your application for listed building consent is refused, granted with conditions or not determined within 8 weeks of it being validated by the council then you have the right to appeal to the First Secretary of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM).

 

Further information, or begin a planning application online.

 

Where are the Listed Buildings in Newcastle?

Use our interactive map of the Historic Environment and Conservation in Newcastle for more information.

  • You can zoom in and out to get a closer look of the area you're interested in.  Click-and-drag or use the arrow keys to move the move around.   Click on the building for more information and a link to the Historic England website.  There is an option in the top right corner of the map to switch the aerial photography on and off, and to choose which layers to switch on and off.
  • Please note that the boundaries shown are only indicative to show if a building is listed. The extent of listing and thus protection may be different to the boundary shown. When a building is listed, it is listed in its entirety, which means that both the exterior and the interior are protected. In addition, any object or structure fixed to the building, and any object or structure within the curtilage of the building, which although not fixed to the building, forms part of the land and has done so since before 1 July 1948, are treated as part of the listed building. If you intend to carry out any works to a listed building it is strongly recommended that you contact the Conservation Team to confirm if they require listed building consent.

 

What effect does statutory listing have?

Listing gives a building statutory protection against unauthorised demolition, alteration and extension. The list flags the significance of an asset so that its future management can enhance its contribution to local, regional and national life. To carry out alterations to a Listed Building, Listed Building Consent (LBC) is usually required (see above).

Listing is an integral part of the system for managing change to our environment through the planning process administered by local planning authorities and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Guidance

The Development Management Team have compiled the following documents to advise on repairs and alterations to historic buildings:

Listed Buildings, a guide for owners and occupiers (pdf)

Repairs and Maintenance of Traditional Buildings (pdf)

Shopfronts in the historic environment(pdf)

(These pdf files may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. )

Did you know?

There are three grades of listing: Grade I, II* and II.  (92% of all listed buildings are Grade II.)

It is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building without getting permission.

You may also need Listed Building Consent for any works to structures within the grounds of a listed building.

Use our interactive map of the Historic Environment and Conservation in Newcastle for more information.   Click on the building for details, and a link to the Historic England website.

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