A Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Works (CoL) provides formal confirmation that your proposed works do not require listed building consent because they do not affect the character of the listed building as a building of special architectural or historic interest.
Minor repairs are unlikely to require listed building consent if the works are carried out using the same materials and techniques and they do not affect the significance of the asset. By applying for a certificate, which carries no fee, you should receive formal acknowledgment that the works did not require listed building consent. As a listed building owner, it is always useful to ensure you have a full record of any works carried out to a listed building, particularly when you come to sell the property.
If you are proposing works which you consider will be carried out on a like-for-like basis, such as re-slating a roof or window replacements, where they are beyond repair, a CoL can give all parties the certainty required to ensure that the works are to be carried out to appropriately, avoiding unauthorised works.
If, following receipt of the supporting information, it is considered that the works would constitute an alteration which would affect the character of the listed building, then the applicant will be advised accordingly. It might then be necessary to submit a listed building consent application.
Last updated: 14 December 2018