There’s various pros and cons to purchasing a listed building and you may be concerned on how you go about making changes or repairs to the property. To help guide you through the process, we have put together this blog on what you need to know about renovating listed buildings.
Listed buildings are graded as the following:
Owning a listed building means your property is of special interest and this can increase its value. There may also be the opportunity for certain grants to make repairs and alterations. These are typically available for Grade I and Grade II* buildings. If you carry out small energy improvement works then you only pay 5% VAT. It’s important to check this before paying bills as you cannot reclaim it once it’s paid.
There is also VAT relief for any mobility aids for over 60s, to make the home more accessible.
For small changes to the property, the approvement process should be in line with standard planning applications of 8 weeks. That said, 8 weeks is a target and not an obligation for the local authority.
Take notice of the materials that have been used on your property. Not only have these been used for a reason, replacing or repairing with a close likeness is more likely to get approval.
Making changes to the interior of the building will require listed building consent, however, any changes to the exterior will need planning permission. The ‘setting’ of a listed building is also taken into account. This can include trees and ancillary buildings.
Where you are looking to extend your property, some case officers would prefer the extension is a clear contrast to the existing building. We recommend doing your research into other listed buildings in the area to get an idea of what you may or may not be able to do.
It’s a good decision to hire an accredited conservation professional guide you through this process. You can find an architect on the Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) Register.
This thorough process is the same for hiring structural engineers and mechanical engineers. They should all have experience with and be specialists in historic buildings.
Look for specialist builders who have the skills and experience to complete the work correctly. They will also be able to advise you throughout the renovation process.