When a leasehold owner wants to undertake alterations to their property a Licence for Alterations is required

Construction work that requires a Licence for Alterations (also known as a “Licence to Alter“) varies. Ultimately it is dependant, on the lease terms and its requirements. In most cases, the wording of your lease will mean the leaseholder is required to obtain their freeholder’s written consent, in advance of commencing works. It is pertinent for a leaseholder, to comply with the specified lease alteration requirements. If you choose to ignore these, you will be in breach of the lease and could be asked to reinstate the property to its previous form.

Types of work that require a Licence for Alterations

  • Changing Windows

    Changing Windows

    Changing the properties windows will often require a Licence to Alter from the freeholder.

  • Floor Covering Changes

    Floor Covering Changes

    Changing the property floor coverings will often require a Licence for Alterations from the freeholder. Your Freeholder may require soundproofing underlay, waterproof barriers and acoustic testing

  • Kitchen & Bathroom Location Changes

    Kitchen & Bathroom Location Changes

    Both adding or changing a bathroom or kitchen’s location will often require a Licence to Alter from the freeholder. Your freeholder will usually request your works are undertaken by safety qualified professionals, as well as providing the relevant certificates.

  • Structural Changes

    Structural Changes

    Changes to the layout, the removal of load-bearing walls, chimney breasts, or creating openings within walls will often require a Licence for Alterations from the freeholder. Your Freeholder will usually request Surveyor input, proof of Contractor insurance, Structural Calculations/Engineer input and that the works are in line with building regulations.

  • Services Alterations

    Services Alterations

    Service Alterations include water, electricity and gas. They will often require a Licence to Alter from the freeholder. Your freeholder will usually request your works are undertaken by safety qualified professionals, as well as providing the relevant certificates.

  • Minor Construction Work

    Minor Construction Work

    This could be any works that are of non-structural nature. Ultimately it is dependant, on the lease terms and its requirements.

Licence for Alterations Costs

We believe that Licence for Alterations costs should be transparent. in order to obtain a fixed cost, please get in touch with our Surveying team who will be happy to advise.

Licence for Alterations Non-Structural WorksFrom

£1,150 + VAT

Licence for Alterations Structural Works From

£1,350 + VAT

Team Accreditations

  • qualifications

    Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is one of the world's largest and most influential professional bodies that regulates and promotes the property surveying profession. With a Royal Charter since 1881. Within our team, we have both RICS Registered Party Wall Surveyors, Valuers and RICS Accredited Mediators.

  • qualifications

    Chartered Institute of Building

    The Chartered Institute of Building is the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. With a Royal Charter since 1834 to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society.

  • qualifications

    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

    The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is the world’s leading qualification and professional body for dispute avoidance and dispute management. With a Royal Charter since1979.

  • qualifications

    CABE

    Chartered Association of Building Engineers

    A Building Engineer is a competent, professionally qualified, experienced individual with a critical understanding of the interaction of buildings and people. Building Engineers collaborate to deliver better outcomes for everyone.

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is one of the world’s largest and most influential professional bodies that regulates and promotes the property surveying profession. With a Royal Charter since 1881. Within our team, we have both RICS Registered Party Wall Surveyors, Valuers and RICS Accredited Mediators.

    Chartered Institute of Building

    The Chartered Institute of Building is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. With a Royal Charter since 1834 to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society.

    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

    The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is the world’s leading qualification and professional body for dispute avoidance and dispute management. With a Royal Charter since1979.

    CABE

    Chartered Association of Building Engineers

    A Building Engineer is a competent, professionally qualified, experienced individual with a critical understanding of the interaction of buildings and people. Building Engineers collaborate to deliver better outcomes for everyone.

  • qualifications

    Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

    The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) specialises in mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). We are an independent non-profit organisation and a registered charity.

  • qualifications

    RICS

    The independent quality assurance process of Valuer Registration, reinforces the highest professional standards. Valuer Registration is a risk monitoring and quality assurance programme which checks compliance with the RICS Red Book.

  • qualifications

    Accredited Mediators

    All Accredited Mediators included on the register will have successfully completed training with RICS or a training provider that meets the requirements of the Civil Mediation Council.

  • qualifications

    Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors

    The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors promotes the highest standards of professional practice in this field of expertise and to expand the knowledge and study of all matters to do with party walls, to encourage the exchange of information and ideas amongst its Members.

  • Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

    The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) specialises in mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). We are an independent non-profit organisation and a registered charity.

    RICS

    The independent quality assurance process of Valuer Registration, reinforces the highest professional standards. Valuer Registration is a risk monitoring and quality assurance programme which checks compliance with the RICS Red Book.

    Accredited Mediators

    All Accredited Mediators included on the register will have successfully completed training with RICS or a training provider that meets the requirements of the Civil Mediation Council.

    Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors

    The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors promotes the highest standards of professional practice in this field of expertise and to expand the knowledge and study of all matters to do with party walls, to encourage the exchange of information and ideas amongst its Members.

FAQ

How long do Licence for Alterations procedures take?

This depends on the works taking place, the available construction information, and the freeholder’s Solicitor or Surveyor.

We usually inspect the property within 3 days of instruction. Once complete if the required information is in place and the freeholder’s side accommodates a prompt turnaround, we could complete the licence within 7 days.

You are not required to notify your neighbours, from a legal perspective. However, we advise informing neighbours, this is both neighbourly and beneficial in the long term. If preferred we can do this on your behalf, ensuring neighbourly relationships are upheld.

In short, it depends on the planned construction works.

In any case, we recommend the following information is available:

  • Works Specification
  • Proposed & Existing Drawings
  • Start date and estimated work duration
  • Insurance Certificate for your Contractor’s
  • Planning permissions & Building Regulations Approvals
  • Structural Calculations (if applicable)

Each case is different, for a complete answer please get in touch and we will advise on the specific information required.

We will, our service includes pre, during, and post-construction work communications, with the freeholder and the neighbouring owners.