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Listed building consent

You will need to get Listed Building Consent if you want to demolish a listed building or any part of it, or alter it in any way which would affect its character, inside or out.

Repairs which match exactly may not need consent, but we can advise you about this as the effect of any repairs is not always straightforward.

Examples of work which will need consent include:

  • Changing windows and doors
  • Painting over brickwork or removing external surfaces
  • Putting in dormer windows or rooflights
  • Putting up aerials, satellite dishes and burglar alarms
  • Changing roofing materials
  • Moving or removing internal walls
  • Making new doorways
  • Removing or altering fireplaces, panelling or staircases

Consent to demolish will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.  Carrying out work to a listed building without the appropriate consent is a criminal offence.

Listed building consent and demolition in a conservation area applications


Developers and historic building owners need to take account of the council's policies.  These reflect local development pressures and requirements, the character of the area, public opinion and other local issues of relevance.

Policies contained in the development plan - the South Tyneside Local Development Framework, or LDF for short - are introduced following extensive public consultation and carry most weight.

Conservation area proposal statements and appraisals, supplementary planning guidance and other policy documents are also very important, particularly when they have been through a public consultation process.

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