A listed building enforcement notice is similar to a planning enforcement notice, i.e. one relating to carrying out development without obtaining planning permission. The main differences between the listed building enforcement and planning enforcement provisions are:
- Unlike breaches of planning control which become immune from enforcement action after 4 or 10 years, breaches of the listed building consent regime never become immune. It is particularly important to be aware of this if you are taking over a listed building which has been altered in the past. You need to be sure that any works carried out to it have been authorised or did not need consent.
- Carrying out unauthorised works to a listed building is an offence, irrespective of whether a listed building enforcement notice has been served.