Building Grant FAQs
Is my building listed?You can check by searching the Buildings Databases on our website or contact Historic Buildings Unit. Tel 028 9054 3095.
Can I get a Historic Buildings grant to help with improvements to my property?No. We will only grant aid items of repair and maintenance to the fabric of historic listed buildings where it can be demonstrated that the works are necessary and when it is carried out to the required NIEA standards.
Can I get any help with professional fees?We may offer assistance with reasonable professional fees up to a maximum of 75% incurred in relation to eligible works.
How do I find out about VAT?For all VAT queries you should contact HM Revenue and Customs at hmrc.gov.uk.
Churches may be eligible for a VAT rebate through the Listed Places of Worship Scheme, see lpwscheme.org.uk.
If I do not want to employ a professional advisor for the scheme can I still get a grant?We expect that professional advisors will be engaged on all schemes where we consider it appropriate. However, in minor schemes this requirement may be waived.
What elements of work does NIEA grant aid?Normally the elements of work will be:
- roofs and chimneys
- external walls
- windows and doors
- damp-proofing and timber treatment
- land drainage (around the property only)
This list is not exhaustive.
What approvals do I need to have?If it is proposed to carry out repairs, alterations or demolitions which would affect the character of a listed building, then Listed Building Consent must be obtained. Your divisional planning office (www.planningni.gov.uk) will advise you on whether the proposed works will require Listed Building Consent and can supply you with the appropriate application forms. In many cases a separate application for planning permission will also be required.
Listed Building Consent is not required before carrying out maintenance and repairs which do not affect your building’s character.
NIEA area architects will need to approve the works.