Historic Building Grant Scheme

This scheme exists to encourage appropriate repairs to buildings of architectural or historic interest within the Three Rivers District, by helping with the costs involved and making advice available.

Eligible Buildings

Priority is given to Listed Buildings. Other buildings in Conservation Areas or buildings which form part of the heritage of the District may be eligible, subject to funds being available.

Information on the District's Listed Buildings and Conservation areas is available from the Three Rivers Planning Department.

The scheme is intended to promote the repair and restoration of privately owned buildings.

Eligible Work

Work eligible for a grant is:

Repair to the structure of a building, for example brickwork and timber frame repairs. Repair of items such as roofs or windows and restoration of any special historic features.

To be grant-aided, work has to be appropriate to the character of the building, in appropriate materials and of a standard acceptable to the Council. Professional fees, for example architects' fees, are also eligible.

General maintenance or work for improvements or conversion is not eligible for grant aid.

How the Grant Scheme Works

The Grants Officer is available to offer advice and it is preferable that the work is discussed before a grant application is submitted.

A register of craftsmen who have worked on historic buildings in Hertfordshire is also kept by Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust, telephone 01992 504331.

When a grant application and the two itemised estimates required are received, the application is considered and a decision made within weeks. Once the work is complete and has been inspected, the grant can be paid.

Grants Offered

Three Rivers operate a grant of up to 25% of the cost of eligible works, normally to maximum level of £500.

For comprehensive schemes of repair the maximum level of grant is normally £1000. Three Rivers may consider a larger grant subject to available funds.

Other Considerations

To ensure that a grant scheme is used to best effect:

  • A grant will not normally be paid if work has started before the grant application is received by the District Council and an initial inspection has been carried out by the Grants Officer.
  • The grant-aided work must be completed in accordance with the details specified in the application or as agreed with Three Rivers District Council.
  • Where the building is remote from public view or the grant-aided work is to the building's interior, the grant offer may be subject to the public being able to view it by appointment.
  • Applicants should note that the Council could require the grant or a proportion of it to be repaid if the building is sold within three years.
  • The grant must be taken up within 12 months of the grant offer being made.
  • The offer of a grant is entirely at the discretion of the Council.

How to Apply

An application form can be downloaded below or is available from the address below. Before completing the application form it is usually a good idea to discuss your proposals informally. Telephone enquiries are always welcome on 01923 776611.

Completed application forms together with two fully itemised builders' or professional estimates should be sent to:

Director of Community and Environmental Services
Three Rivers District Council
Three Rivers House
Herts. WD3 1RL

Historic Building Grant - Application Form (doc)

Other Sources of Financial Assistance

Grant-aid from English Heritage can sometimes be obtained for work on Listed Buildings (usually grade I or Grade II* only). The address to contact is 23 Savile Row, London W1X 1AB; telephone 020 7973 3000.

For farm buildings which are also eligible buildings for Three Rivers DC grant aid, DEFRA may make a grant for the repair of farm buildings in agricultural use under its Farm and Conservation Grant Scheme.

Please Note

Repair work to historic buildings may require planning permission or Listed Building Consent. Alterations, extensions or demolition almost certainly will. Please call the Conservation Officer on 01923 776611 for further information.

It is illegal to disturb bats and certain bird species protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). Please ensure that your work will not do so where these may be present in a roof space. The Herts. and Middlesex Wildlife Trust can advise on this aspect; telephone 01727 858901.