If you intend to change or expand a listed building in a way that changes its character or appearance as a building of exceptional architectural or historic importance, or even demolish it, you must first get listed building approval from your local planning authority. The authority can grant permission for only certain types of development. For example, it may be able to permit renovation work above the level of the street, but not enough to significantly change the building's exterior.
Once you have been granted permission, you can apply for a demolition order to be placed on the building. This will need to be resolved before further work can begin.
If you just want to make some small changes to an existing listed building then you do not need listing consent. However, if you plan to make any significant alterations or additions then you should discuss these with the local planning authority first. They may have different requirements for what type of development is allowed on listed buildings and so they can help determine what sort of works can be done without causing issues with the law.
Listed building consent applications can be complicated. It is important to work with an experienced architect or engineer who can properly assess the nature and value of your property and identify all relevant regulations before beginning work.
It is also important to note that once a listed building has been approved for construction, it cannot be removed from list designation without further approval.
A listed building may not be destroyed, enlarged, or altered without special approval from the local planning authority, which usually contacts the relevant central government agency, especially for major renovations to the more prominent listed structures. The owner of a listed building can apply to have the listing removed if they want to demolish it. The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport can also withdraw list-ing a building if he or she considers this necessary or desirable.
In most cases, demolition of a listed building will result in a requirement to replace it with another structure designed or converted using similar techniques. There are many examples of buildings of all types and sizes being replaced by others once they have been demolished. It is therefore important to consider how such a building might be reproduced if it is desired to reuse some aspect of it. For example, a new upper storey could be added to a listed building housing additional rooms or apartments.
In some cases, where an important historic feature is simply not compatible with preservation, it may be preferable to remove it and replace it with something else. An excellent example of this is the removal of features associated with slavery from buildings in southern United States after their completion.
Demolition is often required when a building stands in the way of development projects or repairs need to be made to other structures on the site.
Is it necessary to get Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent in order to extend, alter, or convert my Listed Building? Yes, in most circumstances. You can then continue working on the condition that you follow the extra planning policies that have been placed in place. If you want to use part of the building again you will need to obtain further permission.
It is a criminal offence not to comply with LBCH regulations. This includes any work that may cause damage to the property or affect its stability. Penalty for non-compliance can be a fine of up to $50,000 or five years imprisonment.
The building's owner has the right to enter the building to carry out repairs or improvements. They must not do so without their consent but they can withhold this if they think that it would be dangerous or damaging to the property. The owner may also allow members of the public into the building during opening hours to view specific items or services.
Listed status determines what laws apply to the building. For example, it prevents any changes being made to the building without official approval. However, this does not mean that you cannot own or live in the building. It is only when you start making alterations or additions that the problem arises.
According to the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act of 1990, a listed building, especially a Grade II listed property, may not be changed, demolished, expanded, or amended without the consent of the local planning authority (LPA). This means that if you want to change the use of your house, add an extension, replace roofing materials, you will need permission from your local council.
The decision about whether to grant planning permission is made by a planning officer or member of staff at the local council. They will take into account issues such as traffic congestion, parking problems, noise pollution, and access for disabled people when making their decision.
If you are considering carrying out work on your Grade II listed building then it's important to get this approval first. Not only does it make sure that your project doesn't cause any damage to the building but it also means that you can show how much you respect the culture, architecture, and history of the site.
A listed building review panel is a group of independent experts who can give advice to local councils on matters relating to listed buildings. The membership of the panel is drawn from among those nominated by council officers acting on behalf of their colleagues. Nominations should be sent to the Planning Officers' Association at [email protected]. A list of members is available from the POs' Association website.