Practical advice and guidance on how best to care for historic buildings

  • Looking after your historic buildings - explains clearly why conservation is important, what listed buildings and conservation areas are, and how the legislation governing them works
  • The conservation and renewal of timber windows - provides information on the historic development of timber and casement windows, practical advice on the maintenance and repair of historic windows and a useful list of dos and don'ts. There is also guidance on the care, repair and upgrading of traditional windows available to download from English Heritage.
  • Pointing with lime mortars - provides a practical and comprehensive guide to the use of lime, and explains why it is essential to historic buildings and how it should be used for pointing masonry
  • The conservation and renewal of historic ironwork - provides design advice to property owners and those seeking to repair or reinstate traditionally designed railings on properties
  • Shop front design guide (SPD) - provides useful information on issues which are beyond planning control to encourage high quality design solutions on shopfronts
  • Regency Precepts Guide - advice on aspects of Regency design to bear in mind when altering the exterior of a Georgian building
  • The supplementary planning guidance for signs and advertisements on listed buildings in commercial use sets the standards to ensure that the character or appearance of listed buildings is protected and not damaged by inappropriate signs and advertisements