London has a great number of listed buildings. If you are lucky enough to live in one and require some work to it, that in its self can be challenging depending on the type of repairs needed.
First of all lets ask ourselves, what is a listed building? Listing means an object or structure that is judge to be of National importance in terms of architectural or historic interest and is included in a special register called the List of buildings of special architectural or historic interest.
There are 3 grades, grade 1 listed, grade 2 listed, and grade 2*listed. These are to determine how important the building is. They go through a process where the secretary of state for culture, media and sport with advice from English Heritage and Historic England converse and make their decisions.
There are strict time limits, so buildings built before 1700 tend to be automatically listed as long as they exhibit and have stuck to the original condition of their construction. Building built between 1700 and 1840 are mostly listed but some are selected. Building from1840 to 1914 selected on them demonstrating technological advances and of being the work of particular architects
So going back to having work carried out on your Listed property. To gain Listed building consent, it can takes time so great patient is required as there are historic groups, English heritage, conservation officers that needs to be consulted with. Having the conservation on your side early on is a big plus, so good luck on your application