Listed Building Consent

Listed Building Consent is required for any alterations or other works affecting the character, appearance or fabric of a Listed Building, regardless of grade, inside or out; this is in addition to any other permission required, such as Planning Permission or Advertisement Consent. This does not rule out all change, but all proposals must be very carefully considered, and usually must entail no significant harm either to the character, appearance or fabric of the Listed Building.

Design and Access Statements

An important aspect of any application for Listed Building Consent (LBC) is the Design and Access statement submitted as part of the application. For proposals affecting a Listed Building or its setting, you will need to demonstrate an understanding of the particular qualities and vulnerabilities associated with the building and its context, and to explain how these have been addressed in the proposals. The level of analysis should be commensurate with the significance of the Listed Building and its setting, and with the nature of the proposals. The statutory List entry provides a starting point, see the:

Note that significant changes to more important structures may need a considerable depth of analysis, including specialist input.

Applications involving any of the following will generally require the Council to consult with external bodies, such as English Heritage:

  • A building Listed at Grade I or II* or its setting;
  • Part or complete demolition of any Listed Building;
  • A Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM).

Unauthorised Works

Unauthorised work to a Listed Building constitutes a criminal offence, and may lead to prosecution. There is no time limit within which the Council must begin legal proceedings, and liability for unauthorised work may pass to new owners.

West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB