We know there are property owners out there who love the features of their period properties. However, it is important to remember that modern additions simply won’t do the trick here. Thankfully, we are a company that produces traditional, stylish timber windows. Our team specialises in many other products as well, ensuring we can offer the very best bespoke joinery.
Something about these windows is that they are often found on listed buildings. There is one detail many people don’t realise however. Because of the listing you need special consent to make changes to the property. This includes small alterations to the windows or a full replacement.
The reality is that it is a criminal offence to perform works when you don’t have consent. Those that ignore this law will find themselves at the Magistrates Court with a fine. Said fine can be as big as £20,000. In addition, you can face a 6-month prison sentence. The Crown Court can inflict penalties too, which are more serious.
Both the contractor and owner can face prosecution. Unlike standard planning permission, there is no four-year rule either. Usually, after this period, you can’t take action against the changes.
Listed building consent
You should always check to see if you need consent to work on a listed property. It is not actually necessary for routine repair or maintenance works. Examples include replacing separate panes of broken glass and re-puttying a window. Repainting your timber windows in the same colour is also okay.
Things are different for repairs with any kind of alteration though. A property owner’s intention could be to perform extensive alterations and repairs. You should consult the local authority before you begin. This is especially important if you have to replace windows.
Ask us to design timber windows for you
At Wood & Wisdom, we use a wide array of materials to give people lots of choice. This includes revolutionary Accoya, Red Granis, Douglas Fir, and European Oak. These substances are all high quality so the windows will last for years. We also have the skills to produce like for like windows from a variety of periods.