Listed buildings windows
What are Listed Buildings?
Listed buildings are one of the most significant ways in which the history of the United Kingdom is preserved and protected for future generations. Buildings that were built before the 1700s are the most likely to be listed, and they most certainly are listed if much of their original features and condition persists. Buildings built between the 1700s and 1945 have a high likelihood of being listed, especially if they are of exceptional design, value, or historical significance. In most cases, buildings that are less than 30 years old will not be listed.
Some people do not understand that just because a building is listed does not mean that it is protected from change. Listing is instead an identification for those buildings whose historical and architectural value should be considered before planning decisions are made that could alter the property and its value.
Am I allowed to replace my windows?
Just because your property is listed does not mean that you cannot make changes to the building. Instead, property owners are required to apply for listed building consent, which allows the Local Authority to weigh the necessity of requested changes against the historic significance of the property. It is crucial for property owners to always contact the Local Authority before performing any work on windows. Those property owners who do not receive consent before carrying out work will be charged with a criminal offence.
There are three grades of listed buildings, ranging from Grade I—buildings of exceptional interest to Grade II*—buildings of more than special interest but less than exceptional interest, and Grade II—buildings of special interest. Those in the latter category are more likely to receive listed building consent.
Property owners should take note that it is highly unlikely for local planning authorities to provide consent for the replacement of windows that can instead be repaired, and a technician will be required to confirm that your windows require replacement.
Can you replace or repair my windows?
Before you commence any work on your property or make any decisions, we recommend that you call and speak with one of our highly skilled technicians. We work directly with local authorities, planning councils, and architects to ensure that you get the right permission from the right groups before commencing any work. We have worked with a wide variety of listed buildings and know how to take care of your needs and how to write your application for listed building consent, including all of the necessary detail, drawings indicating the proposed impact of the work, samples of the materials to be used including glass, and information regarding the history of the building.
We highly recommend considering repairing your windows before you decide to replace your windows since our highly skilled technicians can often restore your windows to near-original condition. For those windows that must be replaced you can rely on our expertise with listed buildings to ensure an exact replica of your current windows.
Do I need planning permission to change the windows in a listed building?
Listed buildings are the not the same as buildings in a conservation area, so planning permission is not typically required to make changes. However, this does not mean that property owners can make whatever changes they want. Property owners are required to seek what is called listed building consent before making alterations to their property. Otherwise, they will have committed a punishable criminal offence.
When you’re ready to make changes to your windows, contact our offices first. We work with a local architect who interfaces with Local Authorities to ensure your project receives consent and runs smoothly from start to finish.