Carrying out work to a listed building or in a conservation area
Advice and best practice for private owners of listed buildings, locally listed buildings and if you live in a conservation area.
Before you do any work to a building, you should always check to find out the level of protection or planning constraints on it.
You should always use a professional heritage consultant, who will be covered by public liability insurance and able to provide proof of professional identification and qualifications. You will find a directory of reputable heritage consultants on the Institute of Historic Building Conservation website and in the Conservation Directory. You can also contact the The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings for advice.
Information and guidance on listed buildings and conservation areas
- Historic England - living in a listed building provides information and advice for owners of Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings
- Historic England - your home provides practical advice on maintaining, repairing and making changes if your home is listed, in a conservation area, or simply an older building
- The booklet A Stitch In Time [2Mb] offers advice to building owners. It has been prepared by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation in association with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
- The Caring for your home website also offers an accessible guide to looking after your home