The Daily Telegraph reported in April 2019 that local authorities had been granted approval by the Civil Aviation Authority to use drones for commercial purposes.
They have been used for monitoring extension works and other exterior alterations including those to Listed Buildings and properties in rural areas where access is difficult.
Alterations to Listed Buildings are controversial because unlike other types of permission for planning consent, there is no limitation period. Local Authorities can decide to take enforcement action for breaches of Listed Building Control whenever they find them, regardless of how old the alterations may be – a problem that dominates the conveyancing process for such properties.
Accordingly, a local authority could take to the air in order to find out whether changes have been made to Listed Buildings without consent and enforcement action could follow. That modern double glazed toilet window in the rear elevation - which you thought nobody knew about, could be discovered!
Whilst they are part of our national heritage, dealing with Listed Buildings is one of the most complicated areas that we deal with and special care is necessary to make sure that the right consent is obtained, and experienced contractors are appointed to carry out the work.
If you would like more information on this subject, please contact any member of our Property Team or Mark Ollier direct on 01297 626950. Mark.firstname.lastname@example.org