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Listed buildings: planning advice

Information on listed buildings in West Berkshire, and West Berkshire Council's role in protecting them from damage or unneeded change.

The 'List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historical Interest' is a national register, published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), with the advice of Historic England. The list contains a wide variety of buildings and structures such as churches, barns, granaries, houses, cottages and bridges, and may include walls, gates, railings, gatehouses, stables, urns, statues and so on.

These buildings and structures can't be demolished, changed or moved without special permission from the local planning authority.

Applying for permission to make changes to a listed building

For advice on planning applications and planning compliance regarding listed buildings, please contact our Conservation and Design Team at the Planning Service. They may recommend you use the planning pre-application advice service.

To demolish, alter or move any such structure, you must apply for listed building consent.

You may also need planning permission and conservation area consent.


Building regulations compliance

Your proposal may require building regulations approval. Building Control Solutions, a joint partnership hosted by Wokingham Borough Council, manage building regulations in West Berkshire.

Please contact Building Control Solutions for:

  • building advice on internal or external alteration of a listed building
  • advice on demolition or extension of a listed building


Finding out about listed buildings

To find out if a building in West Berkshire is a 'listed building', check the National Heritage List for England.

To search for information about a wider selection of historic sites, you can use the Heritage Gateway Advanced Search.

You may also want to look at the West Berkshire Historic Environment Record (HER).


Applying for listed status

You can make an application for listing online on the Historic England website.

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