West Berkshire Council

Listed Buildings - Planning Advice

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

The 'List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historical Interest' is a national register, drawn up by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), on the advice of Historic England. The list consists of 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, who 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.

Advice on Building Regulations compliance

It is worth noting that the same proposal may require Building Regulations approval which can be obtained from Building Control Solutions, operated by a joint partnership hosted by Wokingham Borough Council.

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' please 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 like to use the West Berkshire Historic Environment Record (HER) Enquiry Form.

Applying for listed status

All 'listing applications' should be made online through the Historic England website.

Who To Contact

Offering support and advice on planning matters related to West Berkshire's historic environment

01635 519111