London Borough of Barnet


Traditional housing at 18 Wood Street, borough of Barnet

Barnet has a rich history of which we are proud. The challenge for planning is to allow development that secures our future while protecting the best of our past.

There are 16 conservation areas in the borough – these are areas of special architectural or historic interest that we believe should be preserved.

Most conservation areas have a Character Appraisal Statement that includes information about what makes them so special. There are links to these and their maps below.

These are:-

The three below are not covered by a character appraisal assessment but you can see a map of the area by clicking on the name.

  • Finchley College Farm
  • Hampstead Village - Heath Passage
  • Moss Hall Crescent.

Special controls apply to buildings in conservation areas. It is an offence to demolish, alter or extend a building in a conservation area without consent. In some areas permitted development rights have been removed which limits the work that can be carried out without planning permission.

If you live in a conservation area which has a conservation appraisal statement, it will help you to read this before starting the process of submitting an application.

Trees in conservation areas are protected by law. In general it is an offence to damage or destroy a protected tree without permission.

Statutory listed buildings

These are buildings, objects or structures considered to be of special architectural or historic interest, which need to be preserved for future generations. The list is compiled by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) following advice from English Heritage. Statutory listed buildings are protected by legislation in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

There are 2,155 listed buildings in the borough. If you want to alter listed buildings, either internally or externally, you must first apply for listed building consent as part of your planning application. You can do this via the planning portal as for other applications.

However, given the complications of dealing with listed buildings, you may want to consider using our pre-planning advice service – use the link on the left of this page. You can also seek advice by e-mailing us at

Applying for listed building consent

Applications for Listed Building Consent are made to the council in a similar way to normal planning applications using a Listed Building Application form. English Heritage gives advice to local authorities on certain categories of application for planning permission and listed building consent.

It is a criminal offence to demolish, alter or extend a listed building without first obtaining listed building consent.

If you also need planning permission for your proposal then the two applications can be submitted together.There is no fee for the Listed Building Consent application. You can also apply for permission using the planning portal.

General guideline notes for listed building consent

Locally listed buildings

These are buildings considered by the council to be of importance to the borough's heritage and character. Locally listed buildings are not subject to the same protection as Statutory Listed Buildings. However, the council will seek to ensure that their special character is protected and enhanced.

Locally listed buildings Feb 2013

Scheduled ancient monument consent

The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 provides for nationally important archaeological sites to be statutorily protected as Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

The scheduling of a monument means that permission - Scheduled Monument Consent (SMC) - is required for works affecting that monument. For further information, please contact us at

The two scheduled Ancient Monuments in the borough are:

  • the Brockley Hill Romano-British Pottery in Edgware 
  • the Manor House, East End Road, Finchley.
  • Planning

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