What is a Listed Building?
A listed building is any building, object or structure which is considered to be of special architectural or historic interest and which is included in the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest as compiled by Historic Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Ministers.
Listing applies to the whole building or structure at the address named on the list and always covers both the interior and exterior. Listing also applies to any object or structure which is fixed to a listed building, or falls within the curtilage of the listed building.
Buildings on the lists are assigned one of three categories. The categories are:
Buildings of national or international importance, either architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or building type.
Buildings of regional or more than local importance, or major examples of some particular period,style or building type which may have been altered.
Buildings of Local importance, lesser examples of any period, style, or building type, as originally constructed or altered, and simple traditional buildings, which group well with categories A and B or are part of a planned group such as an estate or an industrial complex.
Aberdeenshires Listed Buildings
In Aberdeenshire there are approximately 3500 listed buildings. The Local Authority has a duty to protect Listed Buildings from any works which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. This is done through the Aberdeenshire Local Plan which sets out detailed guidance for new development in Aberdeenshire. The Plan contains policies and within the Environment Chapter Policy Env\18 deals with Listed Buildings.
Listed Building Consent
Listed Building Consent is required for the demolition of a listed building, or for its alteration or extension in any manner which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. A listed building cannot be demolished unless it is demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that every effort has been made by all concerned to find practical ways of keeping it.
All proposed alterations both internal and external must respect the listed buildings special character or appearance and must not be of detriment to the statutory listing.
Changes which may seem minor may be considered by the Planning Authority to have a significant impact on the building's special character or appearance and will be subject to Listed Building Consent.
It is an offence to carry out any unauthorised works for the demolition or alteration or extension of a listed building in any way which would affect its character.
Listed Building Application forms and guidance notes can be found below and if you are proposing future works to a listed building you should always check with your local planning office whether listed building consent is required. Contacts for Area Planning Offices
Historic Scotland will from time to time carry out surveys of local authority areas and draw up a list of buildings they deem worthy of inclusion on the Scottish Ministers List. Owners of listed buildings are notified that their buildings have been included in the List at the time of listing or as soon as possible thereafter.
A copy of theup to date list can be viewed on Historic Scotland'sWeb site