Local Authorities list buildings that are considered to have a historic or cultural significance in order to preserve them in their entirety for historical importance and heritage. Many home owners consider it a privilege to live in a Listed Building as these are often interesting or unusual properties; making them a unique place to live.
The enjoyment of owning a Listed Building has some implications that you should be aware of: primarily; alteration carried out without Local Authority permission is considered a criminal offense and can result in a fine or even imprisonment in the most severe cases.
In order to execute any work to a Listed Building; formal approval from the Planning Department of the Local Authority is typically required.
There are different categories of Listed Building, with different levels of standard applied. As such, works of repair or maintenance may also require approval, with specialist repair methods or materials mandated, this can have cost implications greater than those using modern methods and materials. Additionally, Local Authority approvals can add to the expected time and cost of the endeavor.
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