Listed Building Consent

There is no fee for dealing with an application for Listed Building Consent. You will need to complete the Listed Building Consent application form and return it to the Planning Department. You will usually need to apply for planning permission as well.

Works that require Listed Building Consent

Here are some examples of works that require Listed Building Consent. Note that this list is not exhaustive.

  • Extensions - for example: porches, dormer windows and conservatories
  • Demolition - demolition of any part of a listed building, including chimneys or any structures within the grounds (also called 'curtilage') of the listed building
  • Fixtures - for example: satellite dishes, shutters, burglar alarms, meter boxes, soil and ventilation pipes, rainwater pipes and gutters
  • External alterations - for example: rendering, cladding or painting any part of a building.
  • Internal alterations - for example: the subdivision of rooms or removal of walls and the insertion, alteration or removal of historic features such as doors, fireplaces, panelling, staircases and decorative mouldings; changing internal decoration may also require consent
  • Alterations to 'curtilage' structures - structures within the 'curtilage' or grounds of a listed building such as outbuildings, garden walls and statues may also require listed building consent.


Consent is not normally required for repairs to listed buildings provided that the work is identical in every respect of design, techniques and materials.

Applying for Listed Building Consent

To make a valid Listed Building Consent application, you will need to supply supporting documentation, known as 'requirements'. These documents are required so that a planning or conservation officer can make a full assessment of your application.

National validation requirements

All applications must be accompanied by the following documentation, known as 'national validation requirements':

  • ownership certificates
  • design and access statement
  • scaled drawings and plans.

Additional information required by the Royal Borough

The Royal Borough of Greenwich also requires all applications to be accompanied by: 

  • a heritage statement
  • photographs.

Certain other types of supporting documentation will need to be supplied depending on the type of works proposed. 

Read the requirements guidance

For further information on the Royal Borough's requirements for Listed Building Consent applications, please download the files below. You will need to complete and return the validation checklist together with your application and supporting documents.

How to apply

You can apply online or find the Listed Building Consent and other planning application forms on The Planning Portal.

Assessment of applications

The Royal Borough will assess whether the proposal will be damaging to the special architectural and historic interest of the building.

Listing is not meant to fossilise a building. Preservation is always the priority but buildings can evolve and develop their character over time.

Changes can often be accommodated if the special character of the building is respected.