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.

The local council for the district of Bath and North East Somerset. For specific advice, contact

The public body that looks after England’s heritage with a wealth of specialist advice on everything from planning guidance to conservation principles.

A company with an in-house publishing service, providing lists of conservation craftspeople and suppliers, and a wealth of useful articles.

The central government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which provides the legal framework which underpins the planning system in England.

A company aiming to make planning information and services simpler and more accessible for those involved in the process, including applicants, agents, or local authorities.

NOTE: This guidance is not exclusively tailored to the needs or restrictions of historic buildings. Standard building restrictions may vary from listed building restrictions, or restrictions in protected areas (conservation areas, World Heritage Sites, Green Belts, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks, etc.).

  • Do You Need Planning Permission is a useful starting point to determine what type of permission your building works will need.
  • Interactive House offers interactive guidance on planning regulations and restrictions on certain types of building works, with options for different housing types.

A national amenity society with expertise on the conservation and repair of heritage buildings.

Campaigning group for 18th century architecture.

  • The Georgian Group offers tailored advice for the maintenance of various features within traditional Georgian properties.

A campaigning charity for 19th century and early 20th century architecture.

A charity that campaigns for 20th century architecture.

A national campaigning group for heritage at risk.

  • Advice on Conservation Area Designation for increased protection of areas of distinctive character.
  • Advice on Getting a Building Spotlisted, to add a historic building or monument of particular national significance to the National List, particularly in the face of immediate demolition or significant modification.
  • Further recommendations on Legal Advice regarding a planning decision.

A national campaigning group for Green Belt and rural issues.

A national alliance of heritage bodies large and small (including a fortnightly Heritage Update; sign up on the site).

  • Heritage Alliance provides an online library of its Publications, covering recent and ongoing changes in heritage policy, funding, taxation, and wider planning matters such as housing.

A voluntary organisation which promotes traditional and heritage building crafts.

A national organisation and Chartered Institute responsible for maintaining professional standards and accrediting world class planning courses nationally and internationally.

  • Planning Aid England offers free planning advice and support, to help individuals and communities engage with the planning system.
  • Explore Policy & Research for updates on planning reform.