Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see ‘About Listed Buildings’ below for more information.


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 68988 63963
368988, 863963


James Reid, 'squarewright', 1796. Plain 3-storey and dormerless

attic, regular 5-bay frontage; ashlar, rusticated at ground floor,

polished ashlar dressings, harled return gables and rear.

Double-leaf panelled door to centre entrance; 12-pane glazing in

timber sash and case windows. Rusticated quoins; deep moulded eaves cornice.

Moulded cornices to end and rear stacks; gabled platform slate

roof to front block, plain gable at rear.

INTERIOR: wide cantilevered stone staircase with moulded underside; plain handrail and plain iron balusters. Simple plaster cornice in former lst floor former drawing room; some 6-panel raised and fielded doors survive.

Statement of Special Interest

When built the Town House accommodated 'a hall, large drawing room, Town-council chamber, sheriff clerks' offices and prison. The staircase and landings are spacious.' The building now serves as offices and larger rooms are all subdivided. Town House fronted by renewed paved 'plainstones' with renewed mercat cross.



Town Council Minutes, 30 January, l798. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (l836), pp 34-5. Banff Preservation Society, ROYAL AND ANCIENT BANFF


About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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