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The Institute of Historic Building Conservation

The mark of the conservation Professional


The IHBC offers a wide range of online and other resources to our members and, as part of our charitable services, for wider public use and advocacy.

Online resources, linked form this page, offer guidance and support on what we do, including our membership listings for clients as well as our events and advice; on work that we and others have carried out, such as our extensive research activities, and on opportunities for learning, such as those advertised on our events calendar.

Any of these resources can help members and other practitioners develop their skills, extend their knowledge, and underpin their understanding. Some help clients and non-specialists access the IHBC's resources more effectively too, for example

For personal learning needs, these resources are most usefully explored in the tandem with a current personal assessment of your continuing professional development (CPD) priorities, as explained in our 'Learning' links. For any other applications, simply flow the headlines areas that seem of most use.
  • Skills in LPAs
  • Technical bibliography
  • LB prosecutions
  • Prosecutions fine (A)
  • Prosecutions fine (B)
Tab 1
Why Planning Authorities must have conservation skills!

A resource from the IHBC to help conservation specialists explain why their skills are an essential part of planning services.

IHBC conservation research note 2013/1

Visit the Why Planning Authorities must have conservation skills! web site

Tab 2
IHBC Technical Panel Bibliography

A bibliography of conservation resources compiled and maintained by the Technical panel.

Technical panel web page

IHBC Technical Bibliography

Tab 3
IHBC Listed Buildings Prosecutions Database

The IHBC Listed Buildings Prosecutions Database was created in 1996 to help establish the levels of activity across the UK prior to a high profile case eventually resulting in the successful prosecution of a Member of Parliament for unauthorised alterations to a Listed building.

The data subsequently compiled by IHBC was essential background to the CLG Best Practice Guidance on Listed Building Prosecutions published in December 2006. It is the Institute’s position that the government’s withdrawal of the document as its formal policy guidance (as part of wider reduction of advice and guidance) does not in any way invalidated the content and it remains an invaluable source to which members of the Institute are encouraged to continue to refer. Both the database and the good practice guidance further the Secretary of State’s long-standing policy in Planning Policy Guidance Note 15 to encourage prosecution where a good case can be made.

The database is in two parts: by Size of Fine (League table A) and by Date (League Table B). Updates will be made as new cases are notified to the Institute (contact details below).

Currently about 150 cases have been included, but IHBC continues to rely on volunteered information from heritage and enforcement professionals and page 41 of the CLG good practice guidance also encourages the submission of data. Cases include not only unauthorised alterations and demolitions to Listed buildings but also unauthorised demolitions of unlisted buildings in conservation areas.

Notification of further cases is constantly sought (irrespective of the success of the outcome). Please forward details of cases especially if you have not done so before. This will help to maintain the usefulness of the Database and be a cross-reference for the effectiveness of the legislation and policy guidance.

Details of new cases would be very welcome and should be sent to preferably in broadly the format in the main Table: size of fine; costs awarded; the nature of the offence; address; grade of building; type of court (Magistrates or Crown); any other information which would be informative (e.g. a guilty plea or observations by the court).

Visit the IHBC Listed Buildings Database Commentary
Tab 4

Prosecution fines national database Table (A)

If you cannot see the document below download here

Tab 5

Prosecution fines national database Table (B)

If you cannot see the document below download here