Under the planning system many minor works to buildings and structures do not normally require planning permission. These works are known as exempted developments. However, for a protected structure (listed building) such works can only be carried out without planning permission if the works would not affect the character of the structure that contributes to its special interest. This office, in consultation with the local authority, has successfully used the ‘Section 5 Declaration’ process to allow a variety of works to proceed without the requirement for planning permission. Where planning permission is required, this office has demonstrated its expertise and resources to successfully guide ‘protected structure’ projects through the planning process.