The maintenance of listed buildings can be complicated in terms of what needs listed building consent. As stated by Historic England, “any works to alter, extend or demolish the building in a way that affects its character as a building of special interest require listed building consent from the local planning authority, whether planning permission is also needed or not.” However, there remains debate as to how a building’s ‘special interest’ might be defined, which is generally determined on a case-by-case basis.

We have listed a variety of different publications and organisations to help you understand the planning process in relation to Grade II, Grade II*, or Grade I buildings. There is also guidance in case your building is situated within a conservation area or another protected area such as a World Heritage Site.  

  • Making Changes is BPT’s definitive guidance to the alteration or adaptation of historic buildings within the Bath conservation area and World Heritage site.
  • Warmer Bath is BPT’s award-winning guidance on sensitive energy efficiency retrofits to historic buildings.
  • BPT has also released Quick Wins Guidance on making low-cost thermal improvements to traditional homes for quick, easy, and low-cost thermal efficiency gains.
  • You can access our Climate Emergency page for further resources on the installation of microrenewables and easy, cost-effective alterations to your home to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Our social media campaign Jobs for the Weekend aimed to help residents keep up with the care and maintenance of their traditional homes and encourage sustainable living in Bath.
  • We have compiled a number of position statements to inform a suitable approach to certain types of works to listed and historic buildings.
  • See our archive of planning application responses on our website.