Buildings placed on the list of protected buildings by the Environment Department for their 'special historic, architectural, traditional or other interest' are known as protected buildings.
What are protected buildings?
A protected building is a building, object or structure that is considered of national historical or architectural interest. Every part of a listed building is protected, including the interior and any later alterations or additions, unless stated otherwise.
How are they selected?
Protected buildings are selected for their special interest, which can include any or all of the following reasons:
- Historical association
- Demonstration of traditional crafts and skills
- It forms an important group with adjacent buildings
- It represents innovatory building techniques
What are the effects of protected building status?
You will need planning consent to demolish a listed building and for any alteration or extension which would affect its character as a building of architectural or historic interest.
It is a criminal offence to carry out works to a protected building without prior planning consent.
Who is responsible for maintaining listed buildings?
While there is no formal legal duty to maintain a protected building, the Environment Department does have power to intervene where works are urgently required to preserve a building or to prevent its deterioration.
What if I want to make changes to a protected building?
Protected building status does not mean that alterations cannot be made. Our environment needs to adapt to changing times and protected buildings are part of that. However, we do need to ensure that changes preserve or enhance their special character and appearance. For more information on making alterations to a protected building go to 'Conservation Advice & Guidance'.
I don't know if my building is protected
The Environment Department keeps a record of all protected buildings on the island. You can find out if your building is protected using the search facility 'Search for protected buildings and monuments.'
Reporting suspected unauthorised demolition or works to a protected building
Demolition of a protected building without first obtaining planning permission is a criminal offence. If you believe that a property, or part of a property, is being demolished or altered without planning permission, please report this to us immediately by calling 01481 717200.
- Search protected trees, buildings and monuments etc