A listed building is a building or structure that is considered ‘special’. To become listed, a building must meet criteria that has been set by Scottish government. The criteria for listing includes,

· Age and rarity

· Architectural interest

· Historical association

Listings do not just apply to buildings, it can also include walls, gates, statues etc.

Listings come in various categories depending on the importance of the building.

Category A

· Buildings of national or international importance, either architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or building type.

Category B

· Buildings of regional or more than local importance, or major examples of some particular period, style or building type which may have been altered.

Category C(S)

· Buildings of local importance, lesser examples of any period, style, or building type, as originally constructed or moderately altered; and simple traditional buildings which group well with others in categories A and B.

If the building is listed and you plan to make alterations you will be required to apply for listed building consent. You may require listed building consent and planning permission depending on the alterations being made

It is an offence to make alterations to a listed building without listed building consent.

You can find out what buildings are listed by visiting the historic Scotland website.