Listed building consent process

From the Historic Environment Scotland website:

Follow the process planning authorities use to make listed building consent decisions, from assessment and consultation to call-ins and the right of appeal.

Planning authorities aim to reach a decision on all applications for listed building consent within eight weeks.

Find out how to apply for listed building consent.

Conservation area consent controls the demolition of unlisted buildings in conservation areas. The consent process is similar to the listed building consent process. Your planning authority can advise.


Your planning authority is the main point of contact for all listed building consent applications.

Your planning authority will consider applications in light of:


The planning authority must consult Historic Environment Scotland on certain types of listed building consent applications.

We will provide advice, and in some cases we may choose to object. If the planning authority plans to grant consent anyway, it must notify Scottish Ministers of its intention.


Scottish Ministers may choose to ‘call in’ a case, so that they can determine the outcome themselves. This might happen where an application raises highly significant or controversial issues.

A reporter will be appointed and may decide to arrange a public local inquiry.

Right of appeal

You have the right to appeal if:

  • your application for listed building consent is refused by the planning authority
  • you feel the conditions are unreasonable

You must request an appeal form from:

The Scottish Government
Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals
4 The Courtyard
Callendar Business Park
Callendar Road


You must submit with your completed form:

  • full details of the proposed works for which you applied for listed building consent
  • copies of all relevant correspondence with your planning authority


Heritage Management Directorate
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

Telephone: 0131 668 8716