Listed buildings

Guidance and advice

Listed buildings are buildings of special architectural or historical importance. Listed buildings are designated by Historic Environment Scotland. 

All Listed Buildings, regardless of Category, are protected externally and internally, and will include anything physically attached to the building. The Listing may also include other features, such as boundary walls, gates and gate piers, outbuildings and any associated structures. If you are unsure what is covered by the Listing, check with the Planning Authority. Note that the List Description is simply for information, and does not define what is included within the listing, or the extent of what may be considered of special architectural or historical importance.  

Any proposed alteration to a Listed Building that is considered to affect the building’s character requires an application to be made for Listed Building Consent.  The Planning Authority manages the Listed Building Consent process. For A and B Listed Buildings and demolition of a Listed Building of any category we will consult Historic Environment Scotland.

For more information, or to find out if you live in a listed building, visit the Highland Council’s Historic Environment Record or Historic Environment Scotland (external link).

We offer pre-application advice for listed buildings and for those proposed changes that will require planning permission. There is a fee for this value-added service. Please check our Other Planning and Environment Fees and Charges document for more details on how much you need to pay.