What is Listing?
Listing is the recognition through the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 that a building or structure is of "special" interest. Historic Scotland lists buildings on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
Further detailed information on all aspects of The List and Listed Buildings can be found on Historic Scotlands website.
Is my Building Listed?
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.
Information regarding the listed status of a property can be accessed using Historic Scotlands Listed Building Search
Aberdeenshire's 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 Development Plan which sets out detailed guidance for new development in Aberdeenshire. The Development Plan contains policies and within the Historic Environment Chapter SG Historic Environment 1 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