Can I make alterations to a Listed Building?

Listing means there will be extra control over what changes can be made to a building's interior and exterior.  Even minor alterations to a listed building could alter its character and need consent.

However, listing is not a preservation order - it is not intended to freeze a building in time. Your works or alterations should be sympathetic to the building and its character, and preserve any historic fabric, while still allowing you to live in it.

Carrying out unauthorised works to a listed building is a criminal offence and is punishable by fines or even a prison sentence.

We strongly advise you to consult the planning department for advice prior to undertaking any works to a listed building. 

If your house falls within the boundaries of Dartmoor National Park, you should contact Dartmoor National Park's Planning Department.

Our Heritage Duty Planner Service can provide advice and information about carrying out works to a Listed Building. There is a charge for this service.

If you need to know how likely it is that your proposal will be given permission, you will need to submit a pre-application enquiry form to us using the link below.  There is a charge for this service.

Pre-application Service