Maintaining a Listed Building

Page updated on: 31/05/2018

If you are the owner of a Listed Building or come into possession of one, you are tasked with ensuring that the property is maintained in a reasonable state of repair.

There is no statutory duty to effect improvements, but you must not cause the building to fall into any worse state than it was in when you became its' owner. This may necessitate some works, even if they are just to keep the building wind and watertight. However, you may need listed building consent in order to carry these works out.

We may take legal action against you if we have cause to believe that you are deliberately neglecting the property, or have carried out works without consent. Enforcement action may be instigated.

A photographic record of the property when it came into your possession may be a useful asset, although you may also have inherited incomplete or unimplemented works from your predecessor, which you will become liable for. 

Failure to maintain a listed building may result in us serving "Repairs Notices", specifying works which need to be done in order to preserve the building and prevent further deterioration. Further deliberate neglect could result in a Compulsory Purchase Order.

Unauthorised alteration or demolition work to a listed building may result in us taking legal action. Prosecution can follow, often leading to fines or imprisonment. In addition, enforcement action can be taken to reverse unauthorised works. 

If you are selling a Listed Building you may wish to indemnify yourself against future claims, we recommend that you speak to your solicitor.

Should you receive any formal notice from us you should take professional advice immediately, as time limits for remedial actions will have been established. Failure to act could result in us taking action through the courts.