Is The Law The Same For All Listed Buildings?
Buildings of special architectural or historic interest are all protected under laws. However, the rules for planning permission vary depending on a building’s listed grade. Grade II listed buildings can be altered by the owner, but original architectural features must be preserved.
If you were to go ahead and make alterations to the architectural features of a Grade II listed building or Grade II* listed building, you would find yourself facing serious legal implications.
Architectural features span fireplaces, chimneys, woodwork, windows, doors, and stonework, for example. Though this list isn’t exclusive, it should give you a clearer idea of what you can and cannot alter.
Grade I buildings have extra legal protection in place within the planning system. For homeowners of Grade I buildings, there is a specific planning application process you must go through in order to make any sort of alterations to your property.
Owning A Listed Building & Your Responsibility
It is a great privilege to own a listed building, however, there is extra responsibility to consider. There are many benefits that come with owning a historical property-not just the period features you’ll be surrounded by.
However, learning about how best to preserve your property and the correct procedures for carrying out alterations to a listed house is very important.
Below, you’ll find a list of some of the main considerations to keep in mind if you plan to or own a listed building:
We’ve included an overview of the top considerations to keep in mind about owning a historically listed building:
- You will need legal permission to make any alterations to a graded building;
- Repairs to historical buildings will generally cost you more;
- Repairs are usually more complex to carry out and require expertise;
- You will need to take out listed building insurance;
- You can be prosecuted if you carry out works that have not been authorised by a conservation officer.
There are many more considerations along with helpful guidance.