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Listed building planning constraints

Planning constraints

When deciding whether to allow a development to take place, it is important to consider any constraints which may affect the site. The following list sets out some of the main constraints that you need to consider before you make your application:

What is a listed building?

A listed building has been statutorily listed as being of architectural or historic interest. Listing protects the whole building both inside and out. The purpose of 'listing' is to make sure important buildings are looked after and protected.

If your property is listed, it does not mean that you cannot make changes to it. However, you will need to apply for 'listed building consent' which makes sure that the special character of a building is taken into account when you want to carry out alterations or extend it.

What is listed building consent?

Listed building consent is needed for all proposals which would affect the character of any part of the inside or outside of a listed building. It is also needed if you want to demolish a listed building. It is a criminal offence to materially alter, extend or carry out demolition work without listed building consent.

If you want to make alterations which may affect the character of the building, you should contact the Planning and Building Standards office and we will tell you whether we consider that listed building consent is needed. Please see our video on Conversions and extensions for more information.

An application for Listed Building Consent is made to the Council. We encourage you to submit your application online using ePlanning Scotland. Hard copy forms are also available to download from this site. 

What work needs listed building consent?

Listed building consent may be needed for work including:

  • replacing doors and windows
  • re-roofing
  • removal of chimneys
  • extensive re-pointing
  • rendering or re-rendering
  • stone cleaning or painting of the building
  • internal structural works including removal of walls and partitions, creation of new doorways
  • blocking (or un-blocking) doors/windows
  • any works to staircases, fireplaces or other structural/decorative elements of the interior.

Like-for-like repair doesn't need listed building consent, nor does painting if you aren't changing the existing colour scheme.

Before you carry out any alterations, extension or demolition, you should contact the Planning and Building Standards office to check you need listed building consent. We can also advise if planning permission is needed for any of the proposed works.

For more information go to the listed buildings consent page.

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Council Tax privacy statement

Why we collect information about you

We collect and hold information about you, and those in your household, to administer and collect Council Tax, including assessment of your entitlement to benefits, discounts and/or exemptions. We will comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and retain your information in accordance with the Act.

We will ask for your contact information and use this to contact you about your Council Tax account..

How we use your information

We will use your information for the administration and collection of Council Tax. We may also use your personal details to help prevent and detect crime and/or when required by law and if necessary share it with other public bodies for those purposes. We will not use your personal details for any other purpose without getting your consent first. You may have been asked to give this additional consent at the time when you originally contacted us, for example in an additional section on an application form.

Sharing your information

We will only share information with other organisations where it is necessary, either to comply with a legal obligation, or where permitted under the Data Protection Act, for example, where sharing is necessary for us to carry out the Council Tax function or if there is a public interest to do so such as the prevention and/or detection of crime (see below). This could include the need to disclose sensitive or confidential information such as medical details to other organisations. We may disclose information when necessary to prevent risk of harm to an individual.

At no time will your information be passed to external organisations for marketing or sales purposes or for any commercial use without first getting your consent.

We participate in anti-fraud data matching exercises carried out by other agencies such as the National Fraud Initiative (operated on behalf of Audit Scotland) and the Housing Benefit Matching Service (conducted on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions). We have a duty to manage public funds properly. As a result, we will use the information you provide to make sure all amounts we are owed are paid on time (for example, by identifying people who have not paid Council Tax and to help people who are entitled to benefits to claim them).

We may also share your information with debt management organisations engaged by us and the courts in relation to outstanding money owed. We may also share your information for the same purposes with other public organisations, including neighbouring councils that handle public funds, and with the police. We may also share your details with other organisations, including credit reference agencies, to help prevent and detect fraud and to confirm who is resident at an address.


Where external contractors are appointed to process information on our behalf, there are contracts which require them to keep personal information safe and prohibits them from doing anything with your personal data other than following our instructions.

Statistics and reports

We may use your information (and the occupier’s if different) for related audit, statistics or management information. Personal details will not be used to identify you (and/or the occupier if different) in any reports or analysis or shared with other parts of the council or anyone else. The Council is the data controller for the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998. The Council’s Privacy Policy sets out the high level principles we operate to in using people's personal data.

Last updated 27 January, 2017