Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas

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

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We offer a package to handle the consent application for you and will deal directly with the council on your behalf.  The process will normally require compiling a survey report as well as photographs of the windows and elevations, scaled drawings, technical information and specifications of the proposed works.

The application process in Edinburgh normally takes 6 – 8 weeks and although a positive outcome is not guaranteed, with our professional experience and advice it’s more likely to be successful.  The cost for this is £350 plus VAT.

The various local authorities around Scotland have different interpretations of the guidance and some may also require you to have planning permission in addition to listed building consent.  This is normally £202 and the timescales for processing this can vary from region to region.

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 service and we 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.