Help & advice

What does owning a listed building mean?

The Listed Property Owners’ Club are experts in helping its members understand everything they need to know about owning a listed building.

In simple terms your home is considered of special architectural or historic interest, the listing of which protects the whole of the building both inside and outside. If you wish to demolish, alter or extend your building in any way which affects the character or setting, you must contact the Conservation Officer at your local district council for Listed Building Consent (LBC). LBC is similar to planning permission although no fees are payable.

Failure to obtain consent before altering a listed building may result in a fine or even a term of imprisonment. Local authority can also serve an enforcement notice in respect of unauthorised works requiring owners to restore the building to its former state. These notices can also be enforced for works carried out by previous owners.

LPOC have collated a Suppliers Directory – a list of specialist companies that are able to provide products and services for the maintenance and restoration of listed buildings. The majority of the companies on the list are known to the club and members can approach them with confidence. Click here to find the directory.

LPOC Guide to Owning – For helpful advice and useful information you can download a copy of our Guide to Owning by clicking on the attachment above, or alternatively call the office on 01795 844939 and we will happily post a printed copy.

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