Planning permission & listed buildings


When considering making energy saving or renewable energy improvements to your home it is important to find out whether you need planning permissions or listed building consent. You may need planning permission if the proposed works may alter the external appearance of the property in any way, or you may need listed building consent if you live in a listed building. As the owner of the property, it is your responsibility to determine whether you need either of these consents.


Contact Bath & North East Somerset Council's Planning Services department and their knowledgeable Planning Information Officers will be able to discuss your plans and help you determine whether you need planning permission or listed building consent. If you do need planning permission or listed building consent, these will need to be in place before any works can start. 

Planning Services 

Bath & North East Somerset Council 


  • Planning queries

  • Listed buildings 

Useful resources

Permitted Development Checklist

for Energy Efficiency Retrofitting

& Renewables

Sustainable Construction and Retrofitting Supplementary Planning Document
Bath & North East Somerset Council published this useful guidance which explains how the five most common house types in the area are constructed, and gives details on 24 energy saving and renewable energy measures including which permissions may be needed for each one. The document also includes local case studies, diagrams, photographs and sketches.

The Permitted Development Checklist
Some works may qualify as Permitted Development - where you are able to install a measure without the need for planning permission, subject to meeting specific criteria. Bath & North East Somerset Council have created this checklist to help you work out whether you will need planning permission or not for energy saving and renewable energy measures.

Permitted Development Rights do not apply if you live within the World Heritage site (which covers the whole of the city of Bath), a Conservation Area, or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can find out whether there are any planning restrictions that might affect your property by doing a postcode search on the Council's My BathNES web tool, then click on 'My Maps', select 'Planning' and tick the 'Planning Constraints' box.

External Wall Insulation and planning

In some cases, this measure may require planning permission. Additional guidance and information is available for this measure including guidance on how to make a good planning application for EWI; which materials and finishes may be appropriate; and links to local case studies and their successful planning application documents.

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Guidance for Listed Buildings and Undesignated Historic Buildings

This guide provides general advice about how to improve the energy performance of heritage and listed properties. The guide gives details about a variety of energy saving and renewable energy measures, and sets out which measures are likely to need listed building consent. The guide also includes local case studies.

The Love Your Old Home workbook

This workbook produced by Centre for Sustainable Energy guides you through a 4-step process to planning energy efficiency improvements in traditional homes. It contains a questionnaire about your home which will help you find out what makes it a 'significant' building which is helpful when preparing to make an application for listed building consent.