following information is taken from the Dorset County Council
web site and lists the Codes of Practice of the Thatching
Report. The information is therefore most applicable to residents
within Dorset but also provides a useful guide to all members
of thatched properties. It is important to remember that it
is necessary to contact your local authority for legislation
relevant to your property. The information sets out the background
of measures rather than any precise legislation.
Guidelines for Recording Historic
exceptional circumstances a full archaeological excavation
of the roof thatch may be required, resulting in the production
of a published report of the excavation. In other cases where
survey and sampling are desirable a smaller scale investigation
will generally be acceptable.
for Grants and Loans
and loans should be used to promote traditional craftsmanship,
the use of traditional materials, the preservation of the
local styles and character of thatched roofs and the recording
of their historic interest and value.
for Policy on Unlisted Thatched Buildings
all circumstances the retention of existing thatch will be
encouraged. Planning permission may be required for the removal
of the thatch.
Where existing thatch is retained authorities will encourage
the use of traditional materials, local styles and the retention
of important historical features.
Developers will be encouraged to consider constructing new
thatched buildings as and where appropriate in association
with the use of traditional materials and local styles, particularly
in conservation areas.
should check which consents if any are needed for the proposed
works with their Local Authority and should check again if
work is changed during the contract.
It is important to obtain any necessary listed building consent,
conservation area consent, planning permission or building
regulation approval for work to proceed before the thatcher
starts on site.
Thatchers must be instructed of any special conditions attached
to the consent or of any conditions attached to any offer
of financial help. Financial aid is unlikely to be offered
Owners may wish to check with their thatcher whether VAT needs
to be paid.
Owners should feel free to report to the Local Planning Authority
any important finds during work to the thatch so that these
can be properly recorded.
should check with the local authority whether a building is
listed or is in a conservation area, whether the appropriate
consent has been obtained for the work proposed and should
check again if work is changed during the contract. The thatcher
should advice the local authority immediately if any amendments
to the work are necessary.
If a new building is to be thatched, thatchers should remember
to check if planning permission and building regulation approval
have been obtained for the work.
Thatchers should have seen the drawings or other information
which has been approved and should confirm to the owner that
they will comply with the approved scheme.
Thatchers should check the required VAT with HM Customs and
Excise Office especially for work which has been granted listed
Thatchers should report the discovery of an important historical
feature found during the work to both the owner and the Local
Authority and seek advice on the implications in terms of
the effect on approvals previously granted.
Guidelines for Local Authorities
Authorities should develop the most appropriate ways to advice
owners and thatchers of procedures and requirements for any
necessary consents, grants and loan schemes and VAT requirements
in respect of thatching.
Local Authorities have a responsibility to administer applications
for planning permission, listed building consent, conservation
area consent, building regulation approvals and for financial
assistance fairly and efficiently.
Local Authorities should check that thatching work has been
carried out in accordance with approved drawings.
Applications for financial assistance to local authorities
contain private and confidential information and this information
is exempt information under the terms of the Local Government
(Access to Information) Act 1985. It is not therefore available
for consultation by members of the public. The resultant offer
of help is however a matter of public record.
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