Please also see see our validation check list  that includes a section on Listed Building application requirements.


  • Justification for change of materials or ridge details
  • Identification of roof slopes either by roof plan or photographs
  • Photographs showing any particular defects/problems
  • Details of thatcher
  • Details/ method  statement of thatching

 Re-roofing (slate/tiles)

  • Justification for the works
  • Schedule of works including method of fixing, roof ventilation and insulation
  • Identification of roof slopes either by roof plan or photographs
  • Photographs showing any particular defects/problems

 Re-placement windows

  • Justification for the works to explain why the window(s) are beyond repair to include comparative quotes for repair and replacement
  • Identification of the individual windows in elevation either by drawings or photographs
  • Schedule of windows to specify repairs or replacement
  • Photographs showing any particular defects/problems
  • Details/Elevations and Sections through casements, frames and glazing bars at 1:2/1:5 scale for any replacement windows, including methods of opening and finishes

Please note that double glazed units are unlikely to be acceptable. In addition, that unless the installer is FENSA registered, this work will require a Building Regulations application, but the standards will be relaxed appropriately.


  • Justification for the works
  • Schedule of works including specification for the mix (proportions of lime/sand and additives), method of application and finishes
  • Identification of areas/extent of render to be shown (elevations)
  • Photographs showing any particular defects/problems


  • Justification for the works to explain why the shopfront is beyond repair to include comparative quotes for its replacement
  • Drawings or photographs in elevation to show the shopfront
  • Schedule of works to  specify areas of repair or replacement
  • Photographs showing  any particular defects/problems
  • Details/ Sections  through shopfront including display areas, doorway, frames, fascia and cornice, and glazing bars at 1:2/1:5 scale including any methods of opening and finishes
  • Details of any new signage including materials, finishes and any form of illumination

Internal alterations

  • Justification for the works
  • Plans showing  existing layout (including location of room/s in relation to rest of property)
  • Plans showing proposed layout (including location of room/s in relation to rest of property)
  • Photographs showing any details/features to be removed, altered or investigated
  • Cross Sections where appropriate
  • Details of new joinery for example, doors, architraves, skirtings, picture rails,  staircases, balustrades etc
  • Schedule of repairs where appropriate for example plaster repairs, repairs to decorative  features, flooring etc

New Flues/ Vents/ Mechanical Ventilation/Extractors/ Chimneys

  • Justification for the works to  illustrate that all other options have been explored for the installation  of new heating systems/ flues i.e. using existing chimneys. Equally details      of all new vents and extractors or alterations to the existing chimney  stack.
  • Plans / elevations or photographs as existing
  • Plans / elevations or photomontage as proposed to show exact location of flue/vents/extractors/chimneys
  • Details of the new flue/vents/extractors/chimney      including dimensions and drawings where appropriate

Please note:  A written explanation of the proposed works should include:

  • an assessment of the impact of the works on the significance of the asset (see guidance notes on  Statement of Significance)
  • a statement of justification explaining why the works are desirable or necessary (this should include development appraisal where appropriate)
  • an archaeological assessment or field evaluation and a mitigation strategy where important archaeological remains may exist, and
  • when works include significant elements of demolition or rebuilding a structural report by an engineer familiar with heritage assets, which identifies defects and proposes remedies

For details of heritage assets and designated heritage assets, including listed buildings, scheduled monuments, buildings in conservation areas, etc, please refer to: 

National Planning Policy Framework

The National Planning Policy Framework was published in 2012 and sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. Section 12 relates specifically to Conserving and Enhancing the historic environment and supersedes Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning for the Historic Environment.

The associated PPS5 Planning for the Historic Environment: Historic Environment Planning Practice Guide is now no longer valid. 

However, Consultation on Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning was carried out in July 2014 on the first of three documents:

Final versions of these documents have now been published, March 2015, along with additional more detailed information (termed Technical Advice in Planning) which replaces both the PPS5 Planning and the Historic Environment: Historic Environment Planning Practice Guide (2010) and various pieces of English Heritage guidance.

English Heritage changed its name to Historic England on 1st April 2015.

Please note: GPA Note 4 - Enabling Development (forthcoming)