What is a Listed Building?
The Scottish Ministers are required to maintain a list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. This list is managed on their behalf by Historic Scotland. All buildings erected before 1840, the character of which remains substantially unimpaired, are included. Later buildings are selected on the basis of their individual character and quality. The term "building" is defined broadly in the legislation and can include for example walls, sundials, statues, bridges, bandstands and telephone boxes. Buildings on the lists are assigned to one of three categories according to their relative importance:
Buildings of national or international importance, either architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or building type.
Buildings of regional or more than local importance or major examples of some particular period, style or building type which may have been altered.
Buildings of local importance, lesser examples of any period, style, or building type, as originally constructed or altered; and simple, traditional buildings which group well with others in categories A and B or are part of a planned group such as an estate or an industrial complex.
Within the City of Stirling there are 493 Listed Buildings. This represents 47% of the total number of listed buildings within the Stirling Council Area. Reflective of the national average, 7% are Category A.
Is your property a Listed Building?
Statutory requirements if your property is a Listed Building
Listed Buildings are protected under the Planning (Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997. Listing protects in statute both the interior and exterior of listed buildings regardless of category. Furthermore, any object or structure which is fixed to a listed building, or which falls within its curtilage and has formed part of the land since before 1 July 1948 is also considered to be part of the Listed Building. It is a criminal offence to demolish or materially alter or extend a listed building without first obtaining Listed Building Consent. Unauthorised alterations which go unnoticed often come to light during conveyance of properties so it makes sense to take advice on proposed alterations at an early stage.
If you propose to alter the exterior or interior, extend or demolish a listed building contact Stirling Council's Planning Department to check your statutory requirements.