(Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990
Grant Aid for Repair of Historic Buildings
Guidance Notes and Conditions
is important to remember that all district councils have individual
guidelines with regards to grant aid. In any case your local
district council should be contacted to discuss any such grants
before any work is carried out. It should be remembered also
that the budget available towards such grants is often limited.
As a result, claims are considered in terms of their significance
and prioritised accordingly.
There are several points to consider for such grants but it
should be remembered that these are only typical conditions
and not mandatory guidelines.
The structural repair of the historic fabric of the building,
ii) Work needed to preserve or restore features of special
iii) Repairs in traditional natural materials needed to protect
the building from the weather.
order for a grant to be offered the building must have been
inspected by an officer from your local planning department
before any work is started. If the work is urgent it may be
possible for an officer to visit before you make an application.
In any case you should ask for the officer who deals with
Historic Building Grants.
you make any application it is important to note that grants
are not normally considered for:
Repair work using non-traditional materials
ii) Repair to extensions or other such features that are not
part of the original building
iii) Improvement or routine maintenance work
iv) Recently acquired property
relation to the last point regarding recently acquired property,
grants will not be offered within the preceding two years
of an applicant taking over the responsibility for repairs.
This includes all freehold, leasehold and tenancy agreements.
It is that it is assumed that the price of the property should
reflect the cost of any immediate repairs needed.
much can I expect?
the case of Listed Buildings the amount offered is typically
13% of the total cost of repair works (inclusive of VAT) but
with a maximum limit of £540. If the building is listed
and within a Conservation Area this figure can increase to
17% of the total cost; in this case the total amount limit
is £720. It should be emphasised that these figures
are approximate and councils reserve the right to refuse applications
or offer token amounts.
long does a grant last?
work that has been offered a grant must be completed within
one year of the date of issue. If for any reason the work
or repair is not completed within this time you are required
to reapply or request a renewal of the grant. It should be
considered that the council is under no obligation to guarantee
a renewal since grant finances are allocated annually. The
grant year may run at a different time to the calendar year,
for example April to the following March. Be sure to contact
your District Council as soon as possible so as to organise
any works to coincide with the
is a grant issued?
payment of a grant is made after the work has been completed
and an inspection completed by your local planning office.
If the inspector is satisfied that the work has been carried
out in accordance to the grant application you will be asked
to supply a copy of the bill and a receipt. If figures are
deemed correct the council will issue a cheque.
for any reason the final cost of the work is lower than estimated
the council may reduce the grant proportionally. In the case
of the bill being higher the council can only pay the original
amount to start with. A full explanation would be required
before any increase to the original grant is considered. It
remains up to the discretion of the planning office considering
available budget as to whether more money will be awarded.
It should not be assumed that the council will offer more
than the original agreed sum.
to apply for a grant
a claim is made the appropriate application form should be
completed and sent to the District Council. Typically an application
will be supplied with copies of the following documents: -
a fully detailed schedule of work prepared by a suitably qualified
and experienced person
ii) Photographs of any repairs needed if appropriate
iii) At least two competitive quotes for the work showing
an itemised costs
A District Council may exercise its power to reclaim all or
part of the grant if you decide to sell your property within
three years of the grant being issued. The amount that can
be reclaimed is normally in relation to the time from the
work being completed. For example the total amount could be
reclaimed within twelve months, two-thirds within the second
year and a third if the house is sold within the third year.
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