Listed buildings are classified in grades to show how important they are in relation to each other. Grade I buildings are of exceptional importance, grade II* are of more than special interest and grade II are of special interest.
You can read descriptions of Hull's listed buildings at our offices in Kingston House, Bond Street, or online at Images of England for entries before 2000.
What does listing protect?
When a building is listed, the whole inside and outside of the building are protected, including any object or structure fixed to it (such as fireplaces) and any structure or object within the garden area that has formed part of the land since 1948. The description on the list may not include all features, but they are still protected by law.
Can I alter my listed building?
Even though your building is listed, you can still make certain changes to it. Keeping a building in continuous use is often the best way to ensure it survives. Being on the list protects against demolition and unsympathetic alteration. You much get listed building consent if you want to:
- add or extend, including conservatories
- put in new or replacement features, such as doors, windows and gutters
- use new roofing materials
- clean, render and paint external walls
- remove internal or external features, such as chimney stacks, fireplaces, floors, walls and decorative plasterwork
- work on boundary walls, railings or other structures within the garden area, such as outhouses
You will be committing a criminal offence if you carry out any work which affects the special character of a listed building without consent. You could face a heavy fine or even imprisonment, and could be required to reinstate the building to its former state.
Please contact us if you are considering making any alterations. The earlier you contact us, the more likely you are to end up with an appropriate proposal.
How do I get listed building consent?
You can pick up a free application form from Kingston House, Bond Street. Please include as much information as possible with your application, particularly your reasons for the alterations and what materials you intend to use. There may be a delay if you don't supply enough information.
Once we have received and registered your application we will advertise the details and invite comments from various local and national bodies before granting or refusing consent. This generally takes eight weeks but some applications may take longer. You should allow an extra 28 days if your application is for a grade I or grade II* building, or if it is for total demolition. These applications are referred to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. For demolitions, English Heritage must be given the opportunity to record the building. You can appeal to the Secretary of State if your application is refused or granted subject to conditions.
You may also need planning permission and buildings regulation approval in addition to listed building consent. If so, you should submit your planning application at the same time as your listed building consent application. Remember that any alterations or extensions which do not require planning permission may still need listed building consent.