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Disabled Access into Listed Buildings
At Sesame, we get plenty of queries from clients about disabled access in listed buildings, so we’ve put together this handy cheat sheet to answer all of your questions. If you still have anything you’d like to ask, get in touch via our contact form or telephone number.

Can I change a listed building to offer disabled access?
English Heritage are very supportive of modifying listed building in order to incorporate high-quality and architecturally pleasing wheelchair access solutions. Their Easy Access to Historic Buildings document is a fantastic read for those looking at their access options, and it explains their support and approach for this kind of modification. Take a look here: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/easy-access-to-historic-buildings/easy-access-historic-buildings2012.pdf

Do I need planning permission?
All disabled lifts require planning permission from the building’s local council. If the building is listed, the council will also refer the application to English Heritage (or Heritage Scotland) to approve the modifications to Grade I, II* and Grade II listed buildings (Grade A, B & C in Scotland).

Who are English Heritage?
English Heritage exists to protect and promote England's spectacular historic environment and ensure that its past is researched and understood. Along with Heritage Scotland, the two organisations are completely independent, and they never endorse or promote individual products. English Heritage and Heritage Scotland have both given approval for Sesame Access Systems to install their custom wheelchair access lifts in many listed buildings throughout the UK.

What are my next steps?
If you want to install a wheelchair lift into a listed building, and you need to apply for planning permission, we can help by giving you examples of similar lifts that have been approved previously – these could support your application. Get in touch to find out more or request some information – 01784 440088 or visit our Contact page.

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