What is a listed building

A listed building is a building or structure that is considered special. To become listed a building must meet criteria that has been set by Scottish government. The criteria for listing includes,

  • Age and rarity
  • Architectural interest
  • Historical association

Listings do not just apply to buildings, it can also include walls, gates, statues etc…

Listings come in various categories depending on the importance of the building.

Category A

  • Buildings of national or international importance, either architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or building type.

Category B

  • Buildings of regional or more than local importance, or major examples of some particular period, style or building type which may have been altered.

Category C(S)

  • Buildings of local importance, lesser examples of any period, style, or building type, as originally constructed or moderately altered; and simple traditional buildings which group well with others in categories A and B.

If you are unsure if your building is listed you can check with your local planning department.

If your building is listed and you plan to make alteration you will be required to apply for listed building consent. Your local architectural service provider will be able to assist you with this. You may require listed building consent and planning permission depending on the alterations being made.

It is an offence to make alterations to a listed building without listed building consent.

You can find out what buildings are listed using Historic Scotland listed building search or at PastMap.

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