Listed buildings guide

Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset District Councils have a rich history and this is reflected in the large number of historic buildings found within the districts, many of which are protected as 'listed buildings'.

A 'listed building' is a building, object or structure that has been judged to be of special architectural or historic interest. Listed buildings are included on a register called the National Heritage List for England, which is managed by Historic England. The register is regularly reviewed and updated.

Listing a building gives it legal protection and extra responsibilities are imposed on owners, including the need to obtain listed building consent for certain works.

It is a criminal offence to carry out works to listed buildings without consent.

Is my property listed?

Details of all Listed Buildings can be found on the Somerset Historic Environment Record web page.

If your property is listed, what permission do I need to carry out works?

Listing covers the interior and exterior of the building and any free standing buildings built within the boundaries that were erected before 1 July 1948, such as outbuildings, barns, garden structures, railings and walls.

Listed building consent is needed to:

You may also need planning permission for works within the grounds of a listed building as further restrictions apply.

Some minor works of repair and maintenance are permitted without the need for listed building consent when they are carried out on an exact like-for-like basis, using traditional materials. To confirm whether this applies to your proposals, please contact This is because the Local Planning Authority determines whether the works need formal consent.

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