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Birmingham has a wealth of buildings that have been statutory listed by the Secretary of State as listed buildings. These vary greatly in age, size and type and any alterations to them will require Listed Building Consent.

Listed Building Consent is required not only for extensions and external alterations, but also internal alterations, adaptions to fixtures and fittings, cleaning of the external fabric, repair to external elevations, works to windows and alterations to outbuildings and boundary walling.

Before undertaking any work it is advised that you contact the city council’s conservation officers who will advise you if a Listed Building Consent is required. Should work be undertaken in the absence of a Listed Building Consent this is classed as a criminal offence and may be the subject of prosecution.

Common works proposed to listed building often affect their windows and the approach taken by the council is set out in the document below.

Essential Information
  • A statutory Listed Building is a building or structure which the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport considers to be of special architectural or historic interest. Listing gives a building legal protection from demolition and alterations which would destroy historic features or affect its character.

    The whole of a building is listed - the exterior and interior, together with any outhouse, wall or other structure built before 1 July 1948 within the grounds of the building.

    Listed Buildings are graded to show their importance:

    Grade I - buildings of exceptional quality (1.3% of all Listed Buildings in Birmingham - including Birmingham Town Hall and Aston Hall)

    Grade II* - particularly important buildings (4.7% - including the Old Crown, Digbeth and Birmingham Council House)

    Grade II - the majority of listed buildings of special interest (94%)

  • A Locally Listed Building is a building, structure or feature which, whilst not listed by the Secretary of State, the Council feels to be an important part of Birmingham's heritage due to its architectural, historic or archaeological significance.

    The grading system for Locally Listed Buildings is as follows:-

    Grade A - These are buildings which are of statutory list quality and will be referred to the Secretary of State if they are threatened with demolition or unsympathetic alterations. We can also serve a Building Preservation Notice if the building is imminently threatened.

    Grade B - Grade B buildings, structures or features are important in the city wide context, or make a significant contribution to the local environment. Positive efforts will always be made to retain them.

    Grade C - These are of local historic significance and worthy of retention.

Frequently Asked Questions
    • If you own a listed building it is your responsibility to ensure that any repairs, maintenance or alterations are in keeping with the design and age of the building. We work with owners to give advice and information to take proper care of their building. In addition to planning permission, you may also require Listed Building Consent for any work you wish to do. See further information or contact us for further advice. You can also contact English Heritage for advice on looking after your listed building.

    • If you haven't been able to find the information that you need then the link below will take you to a form that you can use to ask us further questions.

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