What Are The Legal Implications Of Altering Grade-Listed Buildings Without Consent?
As mentioned, if you go ahead and alter a grade-listed building without official consent, you are committing a criminal offence. Therefore, you’ll face serious implications including building enforcement if the work has already started. This means that the relevant authorities have permission to undo any of the construction work that has been carried out.
You will also be liable to pay for the restoration of the building and in serious cases, you may even face a prison sentence.
When To Obtain Building Consent For A Listed Building
Are you ready to alter a listed building? It’s time to go ahead with the consent process. In the U.K. consent from local authorities is always required if you own a listed building – no matter whether it belongs in grade I, II, or III.
Here are some examples of when you’ll need to apply for consent to alter your listed property:
Carrying out listed property repairs
Carrying out repairs to a listed building requires listed building consent if it is deemed to affect the original character of the building. Using like-for-like materials to carry out a simple repair will not usually require consent. However, where in doubt, you should always seek advice.
Carrying out any significant internal changes
A grade-listed property is fully protected which means that you will have to seek permission for internal alterations too. Internal changes include alterations to the layout of rooms, removing walls, double glazing installation, removal of features like fireplaces, and exposing any original features such as bricks and beams.
Carrying out window repairs or changes
You will need grade II listed building consent to carry out repair work to windows. Since windows can have a huge impact on the appearance of listed buildings, it is especially important to follow the correct process for making any alterations to window detailing. In the case of draughty original windows, you will need to obtain consent for installing double glazing.
Carrying out an extension or other renovation
When it comes to extending a historic building, you should seek professional advice to gain written consent. Things can get tricky and it is often a long process that requires following all the rules in the book. Of course, it’s normal to want to make a property your own by renovating it, however, the need for building insurance should be considered as should careful consultations with your local authorities. – Needs to be re-worded/replaced