Did you know that if your council finds out that unauthorised building works have been carried out without the benefit of listed building consent and planning permission, they may issue you with a listed building enforcement notice under the LISTED BUILDINGS AND CONSERVATION Area Act 1990.
And this means that as and when such a notice is entered on the Local Land Charges Register, this could make the future sale or financing of the property more difficult.
If you have changed the use of the listed building or carried out building works involving the external/internal alterations and/or extension of a listed building without seeking listed building consent and planning permission, keep reading…
You must know that executing or causing the execution of unauthorised works to a listed building in a manner which affects its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest is also an offence under Section 9 of the Planning (Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas) Act 1990…
…and, accordingly, any person found guilty of such an offence is liable of a fine of up to £20,000 and/or up to 6 months’ imprisonment upon conviction in the Magistrates’ Court, and an unlimited fine and/or up to 2 years’ imprisonment if convicted by the Crown Court.
Did you know that it is a criminal offence to carry out work which needs listed building consent without obtaining it beforehand?
If you don’t, your council may obtain an injunction against you ordering you to cease all works. The Council has powers of entry under the planning acts if they need to inspect the building in these circumstances.
You need to preserve and secure all the original design features including furniture, fittings, objects and fabrics which are currently within your premises. If you have removed some of these design features from the premises, I would highly advise you to recover this mistake as soon as you can.
Carrying out building works to a listed building or changing the use of the listed building without the necessary consent can result in court action and legal penalties. And it is ILLEGAL to fail to comply with an enforcement notice.
So I urge you to appoint a planning consultant to act on your behalf. The council may ask further information including – but not limited to – detailed drawings and a full schedule of works, and your planning consultant can help you on these.
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It’s possible you didn’t consider getting planning permission and listed building consent for building works you’ve done — simply because you thought it was only cosmetic work…
Experience has taught us that our clients don’t mean to cause a fuss or get themselves into a predicament with the works they’ve done — they are often entirely unaware of exactly what consents and permissions they needed. Often, they simply wanted to get their refurbishment project done in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible.
However, now is the time to take action and liaise with your council to ensure that you comply with the rules and regulations…