Altering or repairing a listed building

Dos and don’ts of Listed Buildings

As far as possible you should:

  • Repair rather than replace the original fabric of the building. 
  • Keep original features e.g. doors, windows. 
  • If you have to replace features, use traditional materials and follow original designs. 
  • Match existing materials like-for-like. 
  • Design internal alterations so that they are in keeping with the character of the buildings. 
  • Avoid modern materials and components which look out of place and may harm the fabric of the building. 
  • Keep alterations to a minimum.

You should not:

  • Stoneclean buildings except in exceptional circumstances. 
  • Paint or render stonework. 
  • Remove architectural features such as original doors, windows, mullions and decorative stonework. 
  • Add new pipework, flues or alarm boxes on principal elevations. 
  • Demolish or lower chimneystacks or remove pots. 
  • Replace walls and roofs with non-traditional materials or turn roofing slates. 
  • Demolish boundary walls and gates. 
  • Re-point using strap or ribbon pointing or use hard cement mortar mix

Visit our Repairs and Maintenance page for more detailed information about repairing your property.

Repairing or altering a property in Saltaire

The vast majority of buildings within the Saltaire World Heritage Site boundary are listed buildings. Our guidance document Listed Buildings in Saltaire World Heritage Site provides information on what it means to live in a listed building in Saltaire, how the legislation affects you, dos and don’ts in regards to caring for your property and some useful contacts.


Contact details

Landscape Design & Conservation Team
4th Floor
Britannia House
Hall Ings

Phone : 01274 433952
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