How to restore a listed building

Living in a listed building can be luxurious. However, when it comes to changing the building or upgrading the building, there are a series of hurdles that you need to cross before being able to start working on your property. Rowing Restoration have come up with a list of things that you need to be aware of before starting and restoration work.

What is a listed building?

A listed building or listed structure is one that has been placed on of the four statutory lists maintained by Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, Cadw in Wales and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, as detailed by Wikipedia.

A listed building can not be demolished, extended or altered without special permission from the local planning authority, whom typically consult the relevant central government agency. In England and Wales, a national amenity society must be notified of any work that is being carried out on a listed building.

Things you need to know before starting

Restoring your listed building is not going to be easy. Before making any amendments to your property, you MUST seek listed-building consent along with the correct planning permission. In fact, it can be a criminal offence to alter a listed building without the right consent. Obviously, this doesn’t mean you can never change anything on your property, it just means you need to have permission first!

Use materials and techniques that fit

As a general rule of thumb, you can maintain your building using like-for-like materials and techniques without any special consents. A repair to a sash window as long as your careful will generally be ok to complete without any permission. However, if you are in doubt, make sure you get it checked out!

Use the right professionals 

Use professional builders when completely any work on your listed building. For example, if you need the roof rethatched use a roof thatcher. There are specific ways that bricks may need to be laid with specific material. Make sure you use a professional building company like, Rowing Restoration, who can help guide you through the process of restoring your listed building.


At Rowing Restoration, we specialise in construction work for not only a listed building but any type of building. We have a team of specialists that will guide you through the process from planning permission, to designs to the actual construction or repair. Contact us today on 01255 861973 and we will be willing to help you.

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