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Grade II Listed Properties: What you can and can’t do

Listed property in the cotswolds

At Bell’s Décor, we’re experienced in renovating and decorating Grade II properties, so we know where you can get away with a sympathetic restoration and when you need to make a specific application. Our team are happy to provide advice on any work you’re thinking about doing on your Grade II home. 

In the meantime, this blog provides you with all the information you need to consider before you go ahead with making any decisions regarding your Grade II renovations, including repairs, alterations, and extensions. 

General repairs and maintenance

You’re free to make general repairs and maintenance to Grade II properties as long as the materials used are like-for-like.  If you’re looking to freshen up the living room or replace bathroom or kitchen fittings, you can do so freely but with sympathy. 
If the repairs you’re looking to make have the potential to change the character of your property, it’s best to speak to the local authorities for advice to be on the safe side. 

Internal alterations and renovations

It goes without saying that if you want to do things like change the internal structure of your Grade II house, remove panelling, add tiles, or rebuild fireplaces, you’ll need to ask for permission. If you’re found to have made alterations without getting the relevant permissions, you’ll be fined. 

This also counts for renovations. Regulations are designed to retain the character of your property but it's not always a no if you want to make changes – the more sympathetic your plans are to your property’s history, the more likely they are to be accepted.


It used to be that extensions would have to blend in as closely with the original building as possible. But these days, authorities tend to prefer an extension to look different from the Grade II property. This is to retain the integrity and authenticity of the original structure. 

It’s best to invest in the services of an architect that has a background in Grade II listed extensions. And when it comes to the interior of your extension, use a decorating company that has experience in Grade II decoration – Bell’s Décor has extensive experience in this field. 

Rely on Bell’s Décor for your Grade II property renovations

From Kingston Maurward Manor House in Dorset to Chateau La Briance in France, Bell’s Décor have extensive experience in listed property renovations. Whether it’s restoring intricate coving details with our HVLP spraying machine, gold leaf application, or marbling, get in touch on 07852 654326 to discuss your Grade II property redecoration requirements with the Bell’s Décor team.