Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas


Grade A Property

You can check the status of your property online via the Edinburgh council website by clicking → here.

If you live in a listed building, and you are planning to make any alterations to your windows – such as double glazing,  you will require listed buildings consent. This is not required if you are only renovating the windows.

Listed Buildings and conservation areas

We are working together with Douglas Strachan chartered architect to see your listed building application through the various stages of listed building consent.

The process will normally require researching the history of the building, photographs of the buildings and windows and a report on the condition of the existing windows.

Architectural drawings may be required as well as all the technical specification of any glazing to be used, astrigal widths, window profiles, materials and window construction methods.

5-Regent-TerraceThe application process can take between 6 – 8 weeks and although a positive outcome to your application  is not guaranteed with his professional experience and advice, your application is more likely to be successful.  The cost for this is £350 plus VAT.

As our company offers all the services for sash and case windows – full renovation, replacement sashes only, double glazed sashes into existing casements as well as complete replacement, we have no interest in pursuing any particular aspect and will offer genuine practical advice based on your situation and the condition of your existing windows.

Conservation Areas

For properties located in conservation areas the restrictions on alterations to your windows are not so strict. As a general rule, the main issue is that timber sash and case windows are retained. We will be happy to advise.

If you are in any doubt, contact your local planning authority directly.

Edinburgh: Planning Helpdesk: 0131 529 3550


There is a VAT reduction on draught proofing work to sash and case windows. This is sometimes incorrectly applied to the whole job. The inland revenue states that a 5% VAT rate applies to the draught proofing element of the renovation only and does not apply to the general renovation/joinery work undertaken.

When we supply you with a sash window renovation quotation, it is split into two parts. The renovation part which is standard 20% VAT and the draughtproofing element at 5%.

If you are in any doubt, contact your local planning authority and the HMRC directly.

Edinburgh: Planning Helpdesk: 0131 529 3550

HMRC VAT helpline:  0845 010 9000


We machine and manufacture all our windows from batons directly from the saw mill, so each sash window is genuinely bespoke, we will always replicate original mouldings and styles wherever possible, and the traditional construction method of using the hand-cut haunched mortise and tenon joint ensures that the windows last.


Download listed building application form.