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Is my building registered?

What are Registered Buildings?

Registered Buildings are those buildings and structures identified on the Island as having special architectural or historical interest. Unlike other countries in the British Isles, there is no grading of the quality of those buildings into different categories.

Whilst there are over two hundred and fifty buildings currently entered on the Departments register, building registration is a continuous process.

Over the years further buildings have been identified by as potentially being worthy of further research and possible inclusion on the register. Research and investigation is being progressed as appropriate.

It is a criminal offence to carry out work to a Registered Building without Registered Building Consent. Unauthorised works may result in prosecution and you may also be required to reinstate the building to its former condition.

It is also the responsibility of the owner of a Registered Building to ensure that it is maintained in a state of good repair.

See the section on Grants to find out more about the consent required when carrying out different types of work.

A Registered Building can be any kind of structure, such as a gateway, boundary walls, or pillbox, for example, and not necessarily a building as we may understand the term.

For a more in depth understanding of the criteria for Registration and Conservation as a whole, please see the Department's Planning Policy Statement 1/01 - Policy and Guidance Notes for the Conservation of the Historic Environment of the Isle of Man.

 

Why is a building registered?

A building is added to the Protected Buildings Register (or Registered as it is known on the Island) where it is considered to have significant architectural and/or historic interest worth protecting.

When assessing a building thought to be of significant architectural and/or historic interest, the building must possess one or more of the following criteria to be considered worthy of addition to the Protected Buildings Register, or Registered:

  1. Architectural Interest and/or Aesthetic Quality
  2. Historic interest
  3. Close Historical Association
  4. Landmark Qualities
  5. Group Value
  6. Age and Rarity

For a more in depth understanding of the criteria for Registration and Conservation as a whole, please see the Department's Planning Policy Statement 1/01 - Policy and Guidance Notes for the Conservation of the Historic Environment of the Isle of Man.

The process for Registering Buildings is set out in the Town & Country Planning (Registered Buildings) Regulations 2013.

What does registration mean?

Registration essentially identifies and protects a building which has been deemed historically and/or architecturally important. In doing so, Registration protects those parts of a building’s character from unsympathetic change or worst case, demolition. 

In practice, this means that Registered Building Consent is required for any alteration in a way which would affect its special architectural or historic character, whether inside or outside the building.

It may well be however, that a building or site can sustain a degree of sensitive change and we should open our minds to this, especially if this will lead to an extended lease of life and particularly where there will also be wider benefits in terms of urban regeneration or the economic viability of rural areas through suitable and appropriate alteration or re-use. Indeed, many old buildings already bear the clear imprint of changes made by later generations and they are often more attractive on that account. What is essential is that any changes we do make are of a quality which future generations will respect and admire.

For a more in depth understanding of the criteria for Registration and Conservation as a whole, please see the Department's Planning Policy Statement 1/01 - Policy and Guidance Notes for the Conservation of the Historic Environment of the Isle of Man.

 

Can I carry out repairs to a Registered Building?

It is a criminal offence to carry out work to a Registered Building without Registered Building Consent. Unauthorised works may result in prosecution and you may also be required to reinstate the building to its former condition.

It is also the responsibility of the owner of a Registered Building to ensure that it is maintained in a state of good repair.

If you are considering work on a Registered Building we recommend that you seek advice from a suitably qualified or experienced professional.

Advice may be sought from the Department’s Design & Conservation Officer where works to a registered building are being considered.

Discussion with the Officer prior to instructing an Architect or agent may help in assisting toward style and design of any works proposed.

Planning Approval and Registered Building Consent are required and controlled by differing instruments of legislation. Accordingly where external works are proposed to a registered building, applications for both Planning Approval and Registered Building Consent must be made.

Where works proposed are for internal works only, Registered Building Consent is required.

Please note that you may also require Building Control approval for some works and you are advised to check beforehand.

Below are some useful links which provide some information on property maintenance and building conservation.

www.maintainyourbuilding.org.uk

www.buildingconservation.com

www.periodproperty.com

How do I apply for Registered Building Consent?

Applications for Registered Building Consent are dealt with by the Planning Team, alongside applications for Planning Approval and other planning-related applications.
The process for applying for Registering Building Consent is set out in the Town & Country Planning (Registered Buildings) Regulations 2013.

Can I get funding toward the repair of my building?

Provided funds are available via the Historic Buildings Conservation Scheme application may be made for assistance, however the Department currently has no financial provision to support its grant scheme.

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