What does curtilage mean in UK law?

Curtilage is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “an area of land attached to a house and forming one enclosure with it”, but the extent of the land, particularly in the case of a sprawling country estate or farmstead, and what constitutes ‘enclosure’ are often up for debate.

What do you need listed building consent for?

In general terms Listed building consent is required for all works of demolition, alteration or extension to a listed building that affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest.

Can you paint the outside of a listed building?

Listed Buildings You will need consent if you are painting the external walls of a listed building for the first time. This is unlikely to be granted if the surface is of historic significance. You will also need consent to change the colour by redecorating if it affects the character of the building.

Can you build within the curtilage of a listed building?

The law provides that buildings and other structures that pre-date July 1948 and are within the curtilage of a listed building are to be treated as part of the listed building. Working out whether a building has a curtilage and the extent of that curtilage can be difficult.

What does curtilage listed mean?

What can you do to a listed building without consent?

It is a crime to work on a listed building without consent. You could be fined or sent to prison. We can also order you to put the building back as it was before the work. Most work to listed buildings needs consent.

Can I put a new kitchen in a Grade 2 listed building?

Listed Building Consent may be required to create a new kitchen or alter an existing one if your house is a listed building, and you should seek advice on this before carrying out any changes.

Can you change doors on a listed building?

If your house is listed, you may need Listed Building Consent to take out the old door and replace it with a new one, and if you are in a conservation area there may be Article 4 directions (which restrict work you can normally do without planning permission).

Can you do permitted development on a listed building?

In the case of a listed building, any works to alter, extend or demolish the building in a way that affects its character as a building of special interest require listed building consent from the local planning authority, whether planning permission is also needed or not.

What is not considered curtilage?

In common law, the curtilage of a house or dwelling is the land immediately surrounding it, including any closely associated buildings and structures, but excluding any associated “open fields beyond”, and also excluding any closely associated buildings, structures, or divisions that contain the separate intimate …

Can I put a new bathroom in a Grade 2 listed building?

You do not usually need permission to change modern bathroom fittings in a listed building, unless you are also planning to alter the size of the room or undertake some structural work at the same time.

Can you put central heating in a listed building?

The heating options for listed buildings There are various options to consider when upgrading the heating in historic properties. While gas central heating is the best option (it can be cheaper than electricity), many listed buildings are off the gas grid.