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Information Leaflet 9: Demolition and Planning Control
Types of Control

Listed Buildings

Listed Buildings are those listed by the Department as being of special architectural or historic interest. If you wish to demolish a Listed Building or to carry out works for its alteration or extension you will need to apply to the Department for Listed Building consent. Application forms for Listed Building consent are available from your local Area Planning Office or at the DOE Planning Website at www.planningni.gov.uk. The Built Heritage Office of the Department’s Northern Ireland Environment Agency can advise you on whether a building is listed. You can also visit the Northern Ireland Buildings database on Built Heritage Website. The website can be found at www.doeni.gov.uk/niea. The Built Heritage office can be contacted at 5-33 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA

Buildings in conservation areas

Conservation Areas are those areas designated by the Department as being of special architectural or historic interest and whose character or appearance the Department wishes to preserve or enhance. If you wish to demolish a building in a Conservation Area you will need to apply to the Department for Conservation Area Consent. Forms for Conservation Area Consent are available from your local Planning Office who will also be able to tell you whether or not the building concerned is within the boundary of a Conservation Area.

Buildings in areas of townscape or village character

Areas of Townscape or Village Character are areas which exhibit a distinctive character and intrinsic qualities often based on their historic built form and layout. They are designated by the Department mainly, although not exclusively, through the Development Plan process. They are designated in order to maintain or enhance their overall character and respect their built form. If you wish to demolish a building in an Area of Townscape or Village Character you will need to apply to the Department for planning permission. Demolition is also often part of proposals for redevelopment of a site and will therefore be included in a planning application as part of those proposals. Application forms are available from your local Planning Office who will also be able to tell you whether or not the building concerned is within the boundary of an Area of Townscape or Village Character.

Scheduled monuments

Scheduled Monuments are monuments that come under the protection of the Department of the Environment because of their archaeological, historical, architectural, traditional or artistic interest. If you wish to carry out any works on or near to a Historic Monument you must apply to the Built Heritage office of the Department’s Northern Ireland Environment Service. Built Heritage staff will provide you with an application form and provide you with advice on the matter. You can also visit the Sites and Monuments database of the Built Heritage Website. The website can be found at www.doeni.gov.uk/niea. They can be contacted at 5-33 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA.

Gates, walls, fences and other means of enclosure

If you intend to demolish a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure 1 metre or higher adjacent to a road or public open space or 2 metres or higher in any other case and that structure is within a Conservation Area you will need to apply for Conservation Area Consent.
Similarly, if the gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure is within an Area of Townscape or Village Character and exceeds the height restrictions set out above you will need to apply to the Department for planning permission.
Often works to or the demolition of walls or other means of enclosure to Listed Buildings may require Listed Building Consent.-
In all cases it is recommended that you consult your local Planning Office with the details
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