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What does 'listed' mean?

Listed means the property is on a national register of buildings with historical or architectural importance. Not sure if your property is listed? Check on: www.historicengland.org.uk

What does 'listed building' mean?

'Listed building' means the building is protected both on the inside and the outside and the owners must upkeep and not make any unauthorised alterations. For example, you can't suddenly attach a plastic conservatory onto the exterior of your listed property, it needs to be authorised. 

Which buildings get listed?

Anything built before the 1700 that is more or less in its original condition. Most properties built between 1700 and 1840 that demonstrate technological advances or were built by a famous architect. Post 1945 buildings are now being added to the list, though only those of spectacular importance. 

Does the building have to be a house?

No, it can be a barn, a bridge, a gravestone or even a telephone box. 

What's the difference between a Grade I listed property and a Grade II listed property?

A grade I listed building is the most protected structure and is considered outstanding, national architectural or historical interest. Only 2% of all listed structures are Grade I. A grade II listed building means it's structure has more than just local interest, only 4% of listed buildings are grade II. The other 94% are listed as 'special architectural or historic interest' locally. 

Can you alter a listed building?

You can't alter a listed building without getting listed building consent from your local conservation officer usually employed by your local council. Even when buying a listed property, you have to make sure the previous owners didn't carry out any unauthorised work whilst owning the property. If they did, it's the new buyers job to put it right. 

Does anyone else get a say?

Yes, your local authority has to notify English heritage of all planning applications for grade I and grade II properties. 

Can you fight a refusal? 

Yes, but it will involve a local enquiry called by the secretary of state. 

Do listed homes need regular maintenance?

Definitely! You should: check the roof, make sure gutters and drainpipes are clear, repaint external woodwork, replace putty around windows, detach all creepers/bugs, clean chimneys twice a year, re-point brick and stonework, service all heating and electrics, clean and repair plaster, render, stone and brickwork. Always employ an expert so the work is carried out to required standards. 

What about insurance? 

Polices will be more expensive than for a modern house as the materials and repairs are specific and traditional. The sum to be insured can be the amount which could be required to re-install the whole property. 

Where can I get more advice?

There's a register of specialist companies that supply products and services especially for listed buildings. www.lpoc.co.uk or 01795 844939 can help. Also each year, a listed property show is held in London with specialist stalls and expert talks. 

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