If you live in a listed building or a conservation area there are additional planning and building controls you need to be aware of.
A listed building is a structure that has special architectural or historic interest. All listed buildings can be found on the National Heritage List maintained by Historic England.
If you want to demolish, alter or extend a listed building you will need to apply for listed building consent. Visit Planning portal: listed building consent for more details on how to apply.
You will need to apply for listed building consent if:
It's criminal offence to carry out work which needs listed building consent without obtaining it beforehand.
There are 93 conservation areas within County Durham that are designated of being of special architectural or historic interest where the character and appearance should be preserved or enhanced.
If you live in a conservation area then additional planning controls may apply. These include:
Find out more about County Durham's conservation areas.
If you need listed building or conservation area planning advice for your proposals, please contact our design and conservation team.
We have the power to protect important trees by making a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) and they are also protected if they are in a conservation area. Hedgerows are also protected and it is against the law to destroy most countryside hedgerows without prior permission from us.
If you need protected tree or hedgerow advice for your proposals, please contact our landscape and aboriculture team.
You can report a problem to our planning enforcement team.