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Listed Buildings Guidance and Advice

Ferryhill Kirk, Fonthill Road, Aberdeen

Listed buildings are included on a list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest compiled by Historic Environment Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Ministers.

The term 'building' is defined broadly in the legislation and can include, for example, walls, fountains, statues, sundials, bridges, bandstands and telephone boxes.

There are 3 categories of listed buildings:

  • 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 - 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 or are part of a planned group such as an estate or an industrial complex.

Any proposed alteration to a listed building, external or internal, that is considered to affect the building’s character requires an application to be made for listed building consent. Please see Apply for, Search and Comment on Planning Applications .

For guidance on whether a listed building application is required enquires should be made to our Application Support Team:

All listed buildings in Scotland are recorded on Historic Environment Scotland's web-site:

   Historic Environment Scotland - Listed Buildings Search

Demolition of Listed Buildings
Government policy with regard to the demolition of listed buildings is that no worthwhile building should be lost to our environment unless it is demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that every effort has been exerted by all concerned to find practical ways of keeping it. It is possible to apply to demolish a listed building but there would need to be a very convincing case to support the application. It should be noted that just because the current owner of a listed building is unable to find a viable use then they cannot expect to automatically obtain permission to demolish it. Historic Environment Scotland will require evidence that the building has been advertised for sale. A new owner may be better placed to secure the building's future.

Further Information
An interesting example of a listed building is the Battle of Harlaw Monument, near Inverurie. Though in Aberdeenshire, is in the care of Aberdeen City:

Further Links

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